Silsbee's origins go back to the Timber Bonanza in the late 19th century that was responsible for settling most of Southeast Texas. Silsbee was a working mill-town and a major hub for the early railroad. These industries made Silsbee a thrifty, hard-working town, a quality which influenced and shaped the industries that survive a century later.
(photo at left, taken in 1910 in Downtown Silsbee)
Today, Silsbee's Downtown echoes its historic origins. One-hundred year old buildings anchor the corners of each block, with 21st century businesses filling them with antique stores, quilting shops, jewelry stores and candle stores. Silsbee seeks new businesses to move into the fine old structures that remain, a 1925 general store brick building, an old feed and grain store--all with tremendous visual possibilities as to recreating an historic structure.
Current or future downtown businesses may qualify for assistance from the EDC, or from other sources that we can direct you to. An example is matching funds for facade improvement and infrastructure. For more information, please visit the funding page for qualifications and procedures to apply.
Available Historic Structures For Sale
Historic Downtown Silsbee has historic structures available for sale that would be appropriate for restaurants, antique malls, and other retail or community venues. The EDC and Silsbee Chamber of Commerce welcome the opportunity to assist you in acquiring these valuable historical properties.
The video above takes you on a tour over the
100 years of Silsbee's Downtown progress.
1923 Collier General Store Building
This video highlights one proposed Downtown Revitalization project under consideration by the EDC
Downtown Revitalization Project
The Silsbee EDC knows that a thriving downtown district is vital to a growing community to attract business and jobs to the area. Assistance is available to businesses who are either already functioning in a Downtown location, or businesses who wish to open a business in Silsbee's historic Downtown through grants, or through the Silsbee EDC .
Current business owners who wish to make improvements to the facade or infrastructure and who meet eligibility requirements are encouraged to contact the EDC for information, assistance, and even matching funding of your project.
You may apply online by filling in the forms on the funding page and bringing them to the EDC office, or seek additional information by filling in the form below. We welcome phone calls of inquiry surrounding Downtown Silsbee as well.
The Collier General Store Building has two stories with a combined square footage of approximately 10,000 square feet. The building is in need of work. It has currently been vacant approximately 3 years and was formerly an antique store. The building has beautiful brick detail along the top of the building, a large front porch and is located next to a well-maintained professional office and the historic Pine's Theater. It is the centerpiece of Downtown Silsbee and would make a beautiful restored structure. Persons interested in the Collier General Store Building should contact the EDC or Jim Willis at the Silsbee Chamber of Commerce.
The Warrick Building is actually two buildings. The original building is 100 years old, and has a corder door that faces the intersection of Avenue H and 5th Street. The building was still in use until recently, when the business was sold and the owner retired. The building attached to it is featured at left in an historic photo dating to the 1960's. The building is currently covered in aluminum siding, but beautiful red brick-work and transom windows are still present behind the aluminum. The Warrick Building is centrally located at the intersection of Main Street and the main thoroughfare that travels through Downtown. Traffic counts on Main Street (5th street) at that location are between 12,000 and 13,000 cars per day. See Traffic Counts for more information. Persons interested in the Warrick Building are encouraged to contact the Silsbee EDC for more information.
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Silsbee Economic Development Corporation
590 North 6th Street
Silsbee, TX 77656