504 NW. 3rd Street
The Hawk House
Built in 1884
One of the most prominent men in Abilene at the turn of the century, C. G. Hawk (Calvin Gregg Hawk) built this home that became the center of many social activities and was featured in A Gem, The City of the Plains, Abilene, a promotional booklet for the city.
Hawk moved to Abilene in the early 1870’s and successfully operated a drug store. He also served as Dickinson County treasurer for several years.
The Italianate style house, built in 1884, originally was entered through double front doors. French doors with brass trim are located throughout the house and the second level is reached via a walnut staircase. Before the turn of the century, the home was sold to Dr. Edward E. Hazlett, a prominent physician. Hazlett continued to use this house for his medical practice even after he moved to a new home, located at 820 Northwest Third. By 1912, however, Hazlett returned to this home to live, while his son, Everett, resided in the newer house. Hazlett died in 1916.
Two years later, Alice Hazlett added the portico that is loosely based on Neo-classical models. She also transformed the house into four apartments. The Terrace, as it is known, is being restored into a bed and breakfast by Stephen “Doc” and Alicia Holaday.
Originally published in Historic Homes of Abilene, The Heritage Homes Association, written by Cecilia Harris, photos by Bob Paull, 1994.