Photography by Dave Hedge and Laura Seaton
Abilene’s homes and architectural styles reflect the time periods from its founding in the 1800s through the latest developments in 2016. Take a peek at the inside and out of three distinctive homes representing architecture and home building spanning the 20th century.
Home of Dr. Johnny and Carol Bliznak
Home Designed by the Tittle, Luther Partnership, 1982
Home Built by LaJet
Originally constructed by the LaJet company as a space for entertaining their clients and employees, the walls of the Bliznak home display many photos of famous friends, visitors and acquaintances.
“This home has been a great fit for us because of all the great memories with family and friends. Its location has made it easy for our friends to drop in while playing a round of golf or walking the neighborhood. We’ve also been blessed by the amazing birds and wildlife.”
Home of Glynn Ray and Billye Proctor Shaw Ray.
Home Designed by Collier Construction, 1950. Re-modeled by George Horace Loving (architect) and Doug Carpenter (decorator), 1980.
The “Red Room” in this house came at the request of their grandson and comes complete with a pair of ruby slippers beside the bed. Another must-see is the doors re-purposed from 18th century church pews to a bar cabinet.
“We love the home because of its openness and the way the outside and the indoors connect. Our favorite time of year is when the lawn and garden is in full bloom.”
Home of Betty and Jerry Gayden
Home constructed by B.A. and Merle Duffy, 1926, on land originally granted to Benjamin Austin in 1837 for his honorable service during the war for Texas Independence.
The foundation of the home was constructed using steel casings from the oilfield. Combined with its concrete and plaster walls, this home should stand up to mother nature for decades to come.
“Our favorite part of the home is probably that the hallways and rooms are larger than normal for a home of its generation. This home has been perfect for holiday gatherings.”
“When our two granddaughters were first learning to walk our hallway was their ‘runway’ for their first steps, and when they learned to run, they made many trips up and down that hall with their giggles and laughter echoing throughout the house.”