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Building's wood lives on in new homes

By Frank Tilley
Jan. 13, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Updated Jan. 12, 2014 at 7:13 p.m.


The expression, "if these walls could talk" was never more poignant than the afternoon of Jan. 4 when the remaining gutted structure of a Victorian building quietly crumbled to the ground.

The McCabe Building had stood on a corner, then the northernmost point of Victoria, since 1908.

The McCabe building represents an architectural style from that era, which is slowly fading away.

The building, was purchased in July by neighboring Wholesale Tire Co., of Victoria, which plans to expand its business in that area.

Victoria is home to many Victorian-style homes from a time period from 1861-1900, and many of those Victorian homes have been well preserved.

But not all homes or buildings have survived the test of time.

The final stages of bringing down the McCabe building took several months as crews from Texana Furniture worked to preserve as much salvageable wood as possible.

Referred to as "old growth wood," the lumber that would be milled for homes built during the 1860s was longleaf pine, which came through the Port of Indianola.

The McCabe building may have perished, but the salvaged wood will find new life in custom homes being built in the Hill Country near Fredricksburg, said David Clifton, owner of Texana Furniture.

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