Canadian’s 5 Compass Citadelle

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Canadian was a big surprise.  Nicknamed “Oasis of the Panhandle”, this town is as perfect as a town can get.  Texas photographer Barclay Gibson said about it,  “Everything was neat and well-kept.”  True.  But what drew Ruth and me to this northeast Panhandle town was an unusual attraction, The Citadelle.  Many visitors to it claim, “We’ve never seen anything like this before.”  I’m one of them.

Now an 8,000 square feet mansion covering one city block, The Citadelle began its existence as a Baptist church in 1910.  By the 1970s it was an abandoned building destined for demolition when Dr. Malouf Abraham, a noted allergist, bought it for $15,000 and turned it into a private residence like no other.  The baptistery is now a planter. My first look at the vast living room, once the heart of a church, made me gasp.   In 2007 The Abrahams backed a $5 million project to turn their home into a public art gallery with groomed gardens, many antiques, and 135 works of European and American art including Dr. Malouf’s first purchase, Norman Rockwell’s “First Day of School”.  The Abrahams and their 3 sons have stayed in Canadian and enriched the town in many ways.  Ruth and I just missed meeting Dr. Malouf, who remains active in this project.

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Visitors see vast, open rooms often lit by sunlight, stained glass windows, ironwork from Sylvester Stallone, etc.  My favorite space was the choir loft overlooking the multi-faceted living room.  Check The Citadelle’s hours of operation before you show up because they tend to be rather short, and it’s only opened from Thursday to Sunday.

Take time to explore Canadian.  The Palace Theatre, a small town movie palace, has been recently redone.  It is said to be the only Panhandle theater with a George Lucas THX sound system.  Just up the street from it is a soda fountain.  At the intersection below it is Cattle Exchange, a restaurant in an interesting building where Ruth & enjoyed a fine meal.

 

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Since the beginning, I've had to avoid writing about the downside of travel in order to sell more than 100 articles. Just because something negative happened doesn't mean your trip was ruined. But tell that to publishers who are into 5-star cruise and tropical beach fantasies. I want to tell what happened on my way to the beach, and it may not have been all that pleasant. My number one rule of the road is...today's disaster is tomorrow's great story. My travel experiences have appeared in about twenty magazines and newspapers. I've been in all 50 states more than once and more than 50 countries. Ruth and I love to travel internationally--Japan, Canada, China, Argentina, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, etc. Within the next 2 years we will have visited all of the European countries. But our favorite destination is Australia. Ruth and I have been there 9 times. I've written a book about Australia's Outback, ALONE NEAR ALICE, which is available through both Amazon & Barnes & Noble. My first fictional work, MOVING FORWARD, GETTING NOWHERE, has recently been posted on Amazon. It's a contemporary, hopefully funny re-telling of The Odyssey. View all posts by roadsrus

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