Praetorian Insurance Co. Booth, 1916
Texas Cotton Palace exhibition booth, 1916 Photograph by Fred R. Gildersleeve

The Praetorian was originally built by the very successful Praetorian Insurance Company, by whom the first skyscraper west of the Mississippi was also built, the 15 story Praetorian Building in Dallas, which was eclipsed a few years later by Waco’s ALICO. Also, this Praetorian Building of Waco is one of the best preserved designs of its kind from its era, built in the Chicago School of Design, whereby the base and crown of the building are inspired by the capitols of Roman columns and the middle floors act as the central shaft of the column itself

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The Praetorian offers historic loft living, creative work spaces, and downtown store front in beautiful downtown Waco, TX. This is the best of Waco loft living for downtown residences and off-campus housing and apartments. We are located at 601 Franklin ave. Waco, TX 76701. Contact us now for a reservation!