Eastern Star Home

1201 E Division St, Arlington, TX 76011

This grand facility, built in 1924 at a cost of $212,000, was constructed to provide a home for aged and infirm members of the Eastern Star Organization in Texas. The charge to build included a provision to be near a public school “so children who might come to live in the home could be educated without undue expense.”

Additions to the building in 1931, 1954 and 1966, provided a new kitchen, an enlarged dining room, a new east wing and a hospital unit. A local developer envisions a 300-room hotel and apartments at the former retirement center, and Arlington City officials plan to turn a large portion of the 30 acres into a parking lot for the new Cowboys’ stadium. Adaptive use of the building or incorporating it into the design of the new development should be considered.