502 N 2nd StCanadian, TX 79014 (806) 323-6402

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Canadian Cultural District Location: Canadian EDC
The Citadelle Art Foundation Location: 520 Nelson Ave, Canadian, Texas 79014
Canadian River Walking Bridge Location: Canadian, Texas 79014
Black Kettle National Grasslands & Lake Marvin Location: Canadian, Texas 79014
Gene Howe Wildlife Management Area Location: Canadian, Texas 79014
Disc Golf: The one who has the most fun WINS!! Location: Canadian EDC
Palace Theatre - Performance Hall - Art Museum - Community Center Location: Canadian, Texas 79014
Aud - Pioneer Museum - River Ranch - Golf Club Location: Canadian, Texas 79014
City Parks - City Pool - County Library - Art Gallery Location: Canadian, Texas 79014
Hemphill County Recreation Complex Location: North Highway 60/83

 

Canadian Cultural District


Rooted in the Canadian River Valley, Canadian is a community where families, businesses, arts and education are valued. Canadian is a year-round destination for arts, cultural and outdoor activity. With that in mind, The Canadian Cultural District was established by the city of Canadian in 2017 to provide vibrancy and unity to our historical assets, local culture and arts scene represented within the district. The district is home to many well-known annual events including festivals, music performances, fall foliage tours, museums and art exhibitions, artist and writer workshops, local industry conferences, rodeos and more. The Canadian Cultural District and its partners draw thousands of visitors into the River City each year. Come experience the excitement of the Canadian Cultural District for yourself.

The Panhandle's Most Talked About Home

Take a tour of The Mansion as seen on HGTV.

This old Canadian landmark was built in 1910 as the First Baptist Church. Its construction represented a great deal of work and sacrifice on the part of the early day Baptist families. In 1955 the Church of Christ bought the building and used it as their place of worship for the following twenty years. In 1977, after having sat vacant for two years, the plan was to tear the building down and make way for something new.

The Abrahams, on the other hand, had a different idea. Being contributing members of the National Trust for Historic Preservation , they were concerned with the need to safeguard America's landmarks. Well, here was a local landmark with 8,000 square feet of floor space, fabulous brickwork, tall white columns, stained glass windows, and a very uncertain future. Their dreamhouse was here hiding in disguise all along. It was to be a mind expanding project. Ideas for their new home were popping up so quickly they had no need for an outside architect or decorator. This would be "their baby" - a very personal and special home. Welcome to The Mansion at The Citadelle.

World-Class Art Museum

World-Class museums don't happen overnight; they emerge. They evolve like "cream rising to the top." Usually they are the combination of a lifetime of gathering, building, selecting, choosing, and perhaps "being in the right place at the right time."

This is what has created The Citadelle in Canadian, Texas . It has been a combination of creativity, the ability to make instant decisions, the keeping of one's "ear to the ground" and decades of searching for "pick of the show." No "also rans" have ever been admitted to the collection.

Although Malouf & Therese Abraham fly in the cheap seats on the airplane and drive old cars, they have spent over forty years in a passionate search for objects that represent human effort in its finest moments, objects that clearly were inspired. Being "pretty" is not enough to get in to this collection.

Malouf & Therese have viewed this exciting journey as "spending money and growing richer." It has been a joy for them to put the house, the gardens, and the collection together. They say it's been a dream come true to live in its presence and to be continually surrounded by such beauty. The time has come to turn the page and begin the next chapter.

Our Earthly lives are transient. Night cometh. Rather than having a three-day auction in New York City, the Abrahams want to keep the collection together at The Citadelle and establish it as a place where future generations can come to be inspired and find themselves surrounded by extraordinary beauty and peacefulness. Then, as they leave, perhaps they will have been somehow changed.


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