Queen Theater becomes Texas historical landmark

POSTED: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 4:02pm
UPDATED: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 10:12pm

Located on Main Street, the Queen Theater is now the crown jewel of Downtown Bryan but that wasn't always the case.

"It is come from a deteriorating, largest feral pigeon house in the state of Texas I like to say," said Downtown Bryan Association and Queen Committee member, Tom McDonald. "No pun intended but it really was. "

Realizing the historical significance of the Queen, the Downtown Bryan Association purchased the rapidly deteriorating building back in 2010 to restore it;  in the hopes that she would once again be the reigning icon of Downtown Bryan.

"You can come down here day or night on Main Street and it's like a beacon," McDonald said. "It lets you know, 'I'm the queen and I'm here' and this is the focal point of Downtown Bryan."

After three years of hard work and labor Ben Hardeman, chairman of the DBA, says the Queen has rightfully reclaimed her royal status.

And on Thursday, she received a new honor as a Texas Historical Landmark.

"I won't call it a historic day because the building and the history that has occurred here behind us is what makes it historic," Hardeman said. "But today is an important day in our process of getting the Queen back to a usable community facility."

A major milestone in the restoration process.

The interior of the Queen still has to be restored but the DBA hopes to have it done by next year to coincide with her 100 year anniversary.


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