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February 20, 2014

Reviving the Baker

Overflow crowd at council meeting hears from Baker Hotel development team

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Howerton went on to say that the action, if passed at the ballet, can be undone.

If all goes according to plan, Patton believes all the funding will be in place by 2014 and a fully restored Baker could be a reality by 2017.

One of the Baker restoration team members, Jeff Trigger, recalled his past experiences in restoring historic hotels and the consequential impact it’s had on their respective communities. The Adolphus in Dallas, the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, the Driskill Hotel in Austin, the Settles Hotel in Big Spring and the Saint Anthony in San Antonio are just a few to name.

“Just like everybody else’s story, you drive by here, and I did that in 1984, and you look and say, ‘Oh my gosh, somebody needs to do something with that beautiful hotel,’” Trigger said. “Then I got a call from Laird, however many years later.

“In Big Spring, you have 20,000 folks. When you think about the Baker, you think about the Settles.

“When I first got the phone call from Brent to join him on the project in Big Spring, what I said is that you can’t think of the hotel as a hotel, you have to think of it as multiple businesses, and maybe y’all think about the Baker that way now; but those of you that don’t think about it as a great place to go to dinner, that don’t think about it as a neat coffee shop, that don’t think about it as a place for a wedding, that don’t think about it as a place to have your nails done, that don’t think about it as a place to maybe pick up a few sundries and gifts at the retail, or [don’t] think about it as a membership spa, you’re missing the big picture.”

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