Bowie Building Under Inspection Because Of Safety Concerns

The owners of a Bowie building are waiting for an engineers report concerning the safety of their business after they were told to evacuate.

Bowie officials say portions of Tarrant Street were shut down due to concerns about the structural integrity of the building that houses The Antique Gallery.

They say after an inspection, they agreed the building could become a danger and that there are concerns the building could collapse.

Officials say the recent snowfall could be to blame for the sudden shift in the building's structure.

This is one of the older buildings in Bowie and was one of the first to be renovated following the designation of Bowie as a Texas Main Street City.

The building was originally constructed in 1895 by M.F. Allen and when completed, he moved his grocery store into the lower level. Throughout the years the other parts of the building housed a jewelry story, offices and law offices.

In 1897 the phone company rented the second floor, where it operated until 1957. The building later was bought by the Griffin family, who operated a drug store on that corner for many years.