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ETX Building becomes landmark

The historic Peoples National Bank Building had a dedication ceremony Tuesday to celebrate it's listing on the Local Landmark Register.

"It is a Tyler icon," Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass said.

Community leaders and the new building owners gathered at the 16-story building located in downtown Tyler at the corner of College and Erwin street for a short ceremony and dedication this afternoon.

The dedication ceremony included an address by Mayor Barbara Bass as well as a ceremony to raise the flag on the newly restored flagpole atop the building.  The special flag raising was  performed by a War Veteran, with the National Anthem being performed by members of the Tyler Junior College Apache Band. 

"Anytime as a community we see an older building being brought back to life, it gives new energy and excitement to the community," Mayor Bass said.

The Peoples National Bank Building was built in 1932 by Samuel A. Lindsay and was for many years the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. It was mainly used for offices of East Texas Oil companies. Over the years, many prominent businessmen have officed there -- from H.L. Hunt and D.K. Caldwell to Sam R. Greer and A.W. "Dub" Riter Jr.

The building was purchased by Tim Brookshire and his son, Garnett, and is currently undergoing extensive renovation to restore it to its original grandeur while also providing all the modern accommodations needed by businesses today.

"We'll put in a grand marble stair case just like the building was originally equip with in 1932," Tim Brookshire said. "We're going to renovate the elevators and two of our top floors, nine and ten, we'll demolish those and prepare them for a major renovation."

Brookshire has partnered with Local realtor Andy Bergfeld to rent out the building space for East Texas' businesses. They have also renamed the building the People's Petroleum Building in honor of the oil businesses that were previously housed there.

"We're glad to be here, but mostly we just want to carry on the tradition of the great families that were here before," Brookshire said.

The complete renovations could take up to ten years but Brookshire said they hope to have tenants in the building before that time. 

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