Praetorian Building (Waco, Texas)

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Praetorian Building
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Praetorian Building (Waco, Texas) is located in Texas
Praetorian Building (Waco, Texas)
Praetorian Building (Waco, Texas) is located in the US
Praetorian Building (Waco, Texas)
Location front: 601 Franklin Ave. [rear: 121 S. 6th St., Waco, Texas
Coordinates 31°33′18″N 97°7′55″W / 31.55500°N 97.13194°W / 31.55500; -97.13194Coordinates: 31°33′18″N 97°7′55″W / 31.55500°N 97.13194°W / 31.55500; -97.13194
Area less than one acre
Built 1915
Architect C. W. Bulger & Co.; Builder: Hughes O'Rourke Const.
Architectural style Chicago
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP July 26, 1984

The Praetorian Building is an historic 7-story building located at 601 Franklin Avenue in Waco, McLennan County, Texas. Designed by the Dallas architectural firm of C. W. Bulger & Co. in the Chicago school or Modern style of architecture, it was built it 1915 by Hughes O'Rourke Construction to house the Praetorian Insurance Company whose main office, the Praetorian Building in Dallas, had been designed by C. E. Bulger in 1905. Other names the building has borne over the years are Franklin Tower, the Service Mutual Building and Southwestern Building.[1]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.