The City of Tyler Main Street Department has unveiled the second edition of its new holiday ornament series with an ornament depicting Liberty Hall.
Sales of the ornaments officially begin Thursday, Dec. 5 during the Downtown Tyler Museums Holiday Open House from 4 to 8 p.m. Each piece is $15, and all net proceeds benefit the Main Street Department.
“Many people don’t realize that even though we are a City of Tyler department, we must fundraise a significant portion of our budget,” said Main Street Department Leader Beverly Abell. “With this ornament, not only do we raise money for our operations, but we also raise awareness of the many historic buildings we have in our downtown.”
Liberty Hall, originally the Liberty Theater, opened in the 1930s. The Art Deco building had been empty for decades when the City of Tyler, in partnership with donations from the private sector, acquired the property and renovated it to serve as a performing arts venue in the heart of the Downtown Business, Arts and Culture District.
The gold-plated brass ornament is approximately 2 inches high and 3.25 inches wide, Abell said, adding, “This new ornament format is much easier to store and not as prone to breakage as other styles.”
Ornaments are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be no further versions of this year’s ornament produced. Abell said that in coming years, ornaments will be produced in the same format but will feature different downtown buildings. Last year's inaugural ornament featured the People's Petroleum Building, which has earned statewide acclaim for excellence in historic restoration.