Tyler Woman's Building gifted to United Way of Smith County; donations sought for $2.6 million renovation


The United Way of Smith County has acquired the Tyler Woman’s Building on South Broadway Avenue and is seeking donations to complete a $2.6 million renovation on the historic structure.

United Way will have a news conference at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Tyler Woman’s Building Hudnall Auditorium to share more information about the acquisition.

The building, built in 1932, is an important part of Tyler’s history and is listed on three historic registries: the U.S., Texas and Smith County, according to a news release.

“We are honored to be entrusted with both the history and the future of this beautiful facility,” United Way President Nan Moore said.

The United Way has outgrown its current facility on Southpark Drive near Troup Highway and Loop 323.

This new space is centrally located and makes the organization more easily accessible for its agencies, volunteers, donors and other nonprofits, according to the news release.

The local United Way supports 33 programs and services through donor designations, its volunteer-directed allocations process and its Education Impact grant program.

Tyler Woman’s Building Inc. member Cathy Shipp said the organization wanted to gift the building to another organization that could sustain and maintain its historical integrity. The United Way of Smith County was the only organization that could do that, Ms. Shipp said.

Tyler Woman’s Building Board President Kathy Girouard agreed, saying, “Our many goals in gifting the building to a nonprofit group were all met by the United Way. They are financially responsible as well as historically minded.”

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