The historic Tyler Woman's Building was erected in 1932 for the enjoyment and enrichment of greater Tyler area residents. Conceived by members of the Tyler Woman's Forum and constructed through the generosity of local citizens, it has hosted hundreds of special events of all kinds. Entertainers, speakers, governors and presidents have passed its threshold, not to mention countless meetings, receptions and weddings.
As colorful as our history has been, we feel our best history has yet to be written. We look forward to seeing you soon. If you have a big group, tour groups are always welcome...the more, the merrier.
The History of The Tyler Woman's Building
The year was 1932...
America was in the midst of the Great Depression.
Work began on the Golden Gate Bridge.
Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.
Franklin D. Roosevelt won the Presidential Election by a landslide.
The Tyler Woman's Building celebrated its grand opening.
Upon its completion in 1932, The Dallas Morning News described The Tyler Woman's Building as one equaled "to the best of its kind in the Southwest." In 1932, our facility was designed to include a lounge, a library, a banquet hall, rest rooms, a smoking den for the men, a powder room for the ladies, space to accomodate 13 club meetings simultaneously, and apartments for the resident hostesses.
The Tyler Woman's Building was able to satisfy Tyler's long-felt need for a municipal auditorium because it would be able to seat 300 people. Among the many speakers and entertainers who have graced our auditorium stage is the legendary Guy Lombardo. Naturally, people were in the mood for dancing that night, so the first few rows of seats had to be removed to make room!
Bennet Cerf, Tallulah Bankhead and Jeanne Dixon have emoted from our stage. Governors and Presidents have passed our threshold. The Tyler Woman's Building was home to "Town Hall Series" concerts and for many years served as administrative offices for the East Texas Symphony.
During the 1940s, when World War II was raging, women met here regularly to roll bandages for American soldiers. When servicemen were able to be home on leave, they were allowed to stay in the converted apartments on the third floor.
Texas Historical Landmark
In 1990, The Tyler Woman's Building was designated as a Texas Historic Landmark. Come visit The Tyler Woman's Building and experience a piece of Texas history, in the heart of Tyler's Azalea District.
Our Federal styled building features multi-light windows, Doric columns and an elliptical archway of cast stone over the main entry. Facilities available for rental include a dining room and lounge. The dining room can seat approximately 130 comfortably for seated food service. If combined with the lounge, up to 200 persons can be accommodated. The building also features a 300 seat auditorium with stage. The Woldert Room adjacent to the auditorium and the Board Room are suitable for small meetings.
The Tyler Woman's Building has been the site of many weddings and several options are available for your special event. Weather permitting, our garden offers a beautiful, natural setting. The Lounge and Dining Room are available and we also offer a third floor bride room for the bride and her attendants to dress. The groom and his attendants have access to the Woldert Room.
We will be happy to furnish you a list of approved caterers for your special event.
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