Downtown Tyler’s resurgence of activity has been led by the opening of the Liberty Theater on the square. The Liberty hosts symphony concerts, music events for country, rock, jazz, folk and many other types. Recent activities have included live comedy improv performances. Each fall, the Liberty Theater is the performance venue for downtown Tyler’s Gallery Main Street’s movie shorts. Gallery Main Street’s movie shorts attracted 70 submissions. Eight of these were from out of the United States.
The attention brought to downtown Tyler by the Liberty Theater’s music events, movie shorts, Gallery Main Street’s art walks has been a key in the revitalization of downtown life.
Marvin UMC, Herd Auditorium
Butler Architectural Group was originally selected by Marvin United Methodist Church in 2010 to provide concept design for a new youth facility. As part of that work, the need for an updated space to house the growing CORE contemporary worship ministry was identified.After several months studying the feasibility of repurposing the church gymnasium, the building committee decided to simply renovate their existing Herd Auditorium. As design work began, Butler architects suggested the Owner consider modifying the room to include a balcony. The additional seating in the balcony accomplished the goal of providing space for growth and, by reusing much of the existing infrastructure, the cost was substantially less than the gym renovation. The Owner readily agreed to the plan, which included a new stair tower at the exterior.Though the CORE worship is contemporary in nature, Marvin UMC is one of the oldest churches in Tyler. As a result, the Owner desired for the interior design of the space to utilize traditional materials and colors in a contemporary way. To accomplish this, the architects made extensive use of stained wood slats, in many cases concealing acoustic treatments, and maintained a subdued color scheme throughout.All existing theater seating was removed, refinished, and reupholstered. Though some seating areas were removed or reconfigured, all existing seats were reused. The first row of theater seating was removed and replaced with movable chairs to increase the flexibility of the platform area.A state-of-the-art audio-visual-lighting system was also installed, giving the Owner nearly unlimited capability to control the space.
Anderson County Annex
Located in East Texas, Anderson County is the 52nd largest of the 254 counties in Texas; with a 2000 census population of 55,109. Significant cities in Anderson County include Palestine, the county seat, Elkhart, and Frankston. Anderson County falls within the 11th Texas congressional districts and the 3rd Texas senatorial district. The county consists of 1,077 square miles with a 2000 population density 51.2 residents per square mile. The average density in Texas is 65.6 persons per square mile. Rainfall in the county averages 41.70 inches per year compared to the Texas average of 21.0 inches per year.
Brook Hill School American Freedom Museum
The American Freedom Museum illuminates the American experience during crucial moments in our nation's history. From the hills and valleys of the American Revolution to the sands of Iraq amd Afghanistan, you will step into history and discover the journey of those in our nation's military who have courageously and heroically sacrificed to ensure the many freedoms that we enjoy today. Our mission is to Honor American veteran's and military personnel for the sacrifices they have made for our freedoms; Educate this and future generations about our rich heritage; and Inspire others to achieve greatness.
CoT Council Chambers
The City Charter of Tyler provides for a Council-Manager form of local government. The Mayor and Council members function as the policy-making body of the city's government, determining the overall goals, objectives and direction for city services, and adopting the annual operating budgets for all City departments.
The Tyler City Council meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 9 a.m. in the City Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall, 212 N. Bonner Ave. Any person wishing to address the Council on agenda items must fill out a speaker's card and give it to the City Clerk. Speakers are asked to keep their remarks to a limit of five minutes.
Cotton Belt Depot
The Cotton Belt Depot was opened to the public in 1905 and continued service until the last passenger train, #8, departed in April 1956. In 1988 the Southern Pacific deeded the depot to the City of Tyler. The City restored the depot to her original beauty in 2003.
Today the depot facilitates the Cotton Belt Depot Museum in the old baggage section on the east end of the building. It is staffed by volunteers from the Cotton Belt Rail Historical Society, Tyler Tap Chapter. The Depot Museum has welcomed visitors from all 50 States, the District of Columbia and over 45 foreign countries. Over 300 visitors visit the depot each month and tours are conducted daily.