Man transforming old Boy's Club in downtown Abilene into home


ABILENE, Texas - The once condemned and abandoned old Boy's Club downtown is now getting renovated by an Abilene man and with the help of an artist, they're both bringing the building back to life.

"This is going to be fun for me," Tim Smith said.

Smith, an Abilene resident and owner of Firehouse Fitness, has decided to follow his dream of living downtown by turning the old Boy's Club into his new home.

"Abilene has always been home, I love it and it took moving away to realize how much I love it."

Smith is not alone in renovating the building. He has teamed up with Dallas based artist, Rolando Diaz to bring the building's old bricks back to life.

"It's going to be much more beautiful now," Diaz said.

Diaz is originally from Cuba and a graduate from Abilene Christian University.

"I love Abilene," Diaz said.

He is painting a Mardi Gras themed mural on the side of Smith's new home, but his plans are not set-in-stone, Diaz said he is just following his heart.

"You bond with the wall," Diaz said. "You have to be patient because it takes a lot of work.

Diaz began the painting on Monday, and with every brush stroke he is slowly nearing completion, but no matter how long the painting takes, Diaz said he has not worked a day.

"I think the art world is a beautiful world because we live in a fantasy," Diaz said.

Smith expects his home, that will double as an event center, will be completed in the fall.

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