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The Baker Hotel

The most iconic abandonment in Texas is the grand Baker hotel. Nestled in downtown Mineral Wells, it towers over the rest of the buildings in th...e city. Built in 1929 by Wyatt C. Hendrick, it catered to the rich and famous at the time. This behemoth hotel was deemed as a spa destination in the late twenties. The Baker was commissioned by T.B. Baker who was the original owner of the hotel. Unfortunately, he had to claim bankruptcy in the mid 1930s. After that, he handed control over to his nephew Earl Baker. Although it opened near the depression, The Baker Hotel continued to be a successful retreat destination. A-list celebrities such as Clark Gable, The 3 stooges, LBJ, Judy Garland and even Bonnie and Clyde, were among some of the guests. The massive hotel boasted 450 guest rooms, a grand lobby, and even a ballroom in the sky. The hotel was built in the tiny town of Mineral Wells because of the abundance of local mineral spring water. In the 30s, people thought the water had medicinal qualities. People would come from all around to treat anything from headaches to cancer. The majestic hotel was open for 30 years. The first time it closed its doors was in 1963. In 1965, local investors were able to lease the hotel from the family. The property suffered years of decline. Then came the fatal heart attack of Earl Baker in the Baker suite in 1967. The Baker Hotel finally closed its doors to the public a few years later in 1972. After it closed a number of developers talked about the renovation of The Baker Hotel but for one reason or another it always fell through. The city of Mineral Wells even implemented a tax to try to offset the millions of dollars needed for renovations. 10 years later, the dreams of bringing back this iconic hotel are coming true. The developer that is bringing it back to life is taking the right steps to make sure the repairs are being done properly and bringing back the original beauty of the hotel.

This hotel single handedly started our obsession with abandoned buildings. We couldn't be happier that this structure is actually being saved. We have spent more time in this spot than any other abandonment in Texas. We have a ridiculous amount of memories from exploring there and a lot of crazy stories. Sadly, over the years, we have literally watched the building being ripped apart by scrappers, teenagers, vandals, adventure seekers, and ghost hunters. It was by far the most well-known and also supposedly the most haunted abandonment in the state of Texas. These developers stepped in at the right time as the building's damage was getting to the point of no return. It's going to be amazing to book a room once the renovations are finished.

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Inside the massive restoration of the historic Baker Hotel in Mineral Wells

This story appears courtesy of NBC DFW 5

Yes, it is happening.

Work is well underway to revive the ‘Grand Old Lady’ of Mineral Wells.

This June will mark two years since a massive restoration project began to bring the neglected Baker Hotel back to life.

Originally opened in 1929 by T.B. Baker for a reported $1.2 million, it was the first air-conditioned hotel in Texas and boasted an Olympic-sized swimming pool and spa attracting thousands to enjoy the healing waters of Mineral Wells.

But after closing its doors in 1972, the hotel began a slow decline until 2019 when a group of investors partnered with the city to buy the property and restore the famed hotel.

Since then eager residents and people passing through have watched the transformation unfold from the street.

The Baker Hotel and Spa is being restored and renovated over a three-year period in hopes of making it a premier resort destination once again.

“Every day there’s satisfaction,” said restoration project manager and general partner Mark Rawlings. “You see progress.”

Photos: Inside the Baker Hotel Renovation

While the credit for saving the historic hotel belongs to the town – community members and investors – who refused to give up on their dream to restore it, Rawlings is tasked with bringing the Baker Hotel back to life.

It’s believed to be the largest private restoration project in Texas history.

“I’m just in love with it,” said Rawlings. “It’s a long-time coming and I’m glad to be moving along with it.”

Rawlings has been involved in other high-profile restoration hotel projects, including Austin’s Driskell Hotel and the St. Anthony in San Antonio, but says the Baker Hotel is his favorite.

“It’s amazing the amount of craftsmanship,” Rawlings said. “The place was done over the top for its day and they had some great craftsman so we’re honored to be carrying on the tradition and bringing things back and there was so much good stuff that was just buried.

Their work is most visible from the street and high above town.

Unusual Things Found in the Walls of the Baker HotelMark Rawlings, restoration project manager and general partner of The Baker Hotel and Spa talks about the unusual things workers have found in the walls during renovation.

All of the original 997 windows have been restored — a process that was done entirely on-site and took nearly a year to do.

The most dramatic transformation to date may be the famed ‘Cloud Room’. The ballroom on the 12th floor was once covered in debris, graffiti and had been partly covered up by renovations done decades earlier.

Crews demolished anything not original to the hotel with the plan for public spaces to look just like they did when the Baker Hotel opened in 1929.

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As a celebrated Mineral Wells landmark since 1929, The Baker Hotel and Spa will be historically renovated and restored over a three-year period and will once again be known as a premier resort destination.

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The entire renovation - and the inspiring effect it will have on the city of Mineral Wells - will be documented by following and filming The Baker team on their historical journey.

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The Baker Hotel Development Partners, LLC and its affiliates — in conjunction with support from the city of Mineral Wells — will revive the 14-story Spanish Colonial Revival tower to feature a fully-renovated collection of 165 guest rooms and amenities — including a spa, convention and business facilities, event ballrooms, and restaurant, coffee shop and retail options. The local mineral springs that once drew celebrities from around the world, will be utilized again, along with modernized amenities adapted to the lifestyle of the modern-day guest. Blending historic architectural design with new technology, the hotel will offer expanded guest rooms and gracious public spaces to host weddings, special events, conventions and the sojourning weekenders.

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How The Baker Hotel might look after Renovations

Yes, it is happening.

Work is well underway to revive the 'Grand Old Lady' of Mineral Wells.

This June will mark two years since a massive restoration project began to bring the neglected Baker Hotel back to life.

Originally opened in 1929 by T.B. Baker for a reported $1.2 million, it was the first air-conditioned hotel in Texas and boasted an Olympic-sized swimming pool and spa attracting thousands to enjoy the healing waters of Mineral Wells.

But after closing its doors in 1972, the hotel began a slow decline until 2019 when a group of investors partnered with the city to buy the property and restore the famed hotel.

Since then eager residents and people passing through have watched the transformation unfold from the street.

Photos: Inside the Baker Hotel Renovation

“Every day there’s satisfaction,” said restoration project manager and general partner Mark Rawlings. “You see progress.”

While the credit for saving the historic hotel belongs to the town – community members and investors – who refused to give up on their dream to restore it, Rawlings is tasked with bringing the Baker Hotel back to life.

It’s believed to be the largest private restoration project in Texas history.

“I’m just in love with it,” said Rawlings. “It’s a long-time coming and I’m glad to be moving along with it.”

Rawlings has been involved in other high-profile restoration hotel projects, including Austin's Driskell Hotel and the St. Anthony in San Antonio, but says the Baker Hotel is his favorite.

“It’s amazing the amount of craftsmanship,” Rawlings said. “The place was done over the top for its day and they had some great craftsman so we’re honored to be carrying on the tradition and bringing things back and there was so much good stuff that was just buried.

Their work is most visible from the street and high above town.

Mark Rawlings, restoration project manager and general partner of The Baker Hotel and Spa talks about the unusual things workers have found in the walls during renovation.

All of the original 997 windows have been restored -- a process that was done entirely on-site and took nearly a year to do.

The most dramatic transformation to date may be the famed ‘Cloud Room’. The ballroom on the 12th floor was once covered in debris, graffiti and had been partly covered up by renovations done decades earlier.

Crews demolished anything not original to the hotel with the plan for public spaces to look just like they did when the Baker Hotel opened in 1929.

Rawlings is most excited to share details about what’s been dubbed the ‘treasure room’.

It’s where every item from the original chandeliers to moldings and doors are being preserved.

Rawlings said it is only now that the debris and muck has been removed that he and his team can start examining the architecture and symbolism behind the original details in the molding and walls.

“It’s making sure that we harvest everything, save everything and we’ve got rooms full of door hinges to old lavatories to light fixtures and we save all of it. It doesn’t deserve to go the dump,” Rawlings said.

The plan is to restore as many of the items as possible to put back in the hotel. What cannot be used will be sold, so the public can own a piece of the Baker Hotel. Money raised will go back into the project, said Rawlings.

Once completed a museum inside the hotel will display items uncovered during restoration along with the story of the Baker’s past.

People are invited to be a part of the restoration project by following the Baker Hotel & Spa on Facebook and Instagram and are invited to share old photos or stories they have of the hotel and even items that once belonged to the hotel.

One family donated back the original shoeshine stand they’d purchased during an auction years ago. It stood in the lobby when the hotel first opened.

Relatives of the original owner T.B. Baker also donated pieces of china that were once used in the hotel.

Rawlings said they are waiting on the final design plans to get started on guest rooms and public areas.

14 guest suites will stay their historic size, but the remaining guest rooms will be expanded to accommodating for modern living.

The restoration also includes the spa and the Olympic-size swimming pool.

Originally expected to open in the fall of 2022, Rawlings said he is now planning for an opening in 2024. Like many hospitality projects, the pandemic has caused delays.

“We didn’t have the effect that a lot of places have in that we were able to work straight through,” said Rawlings. “However, material pricing is crazy right now and we’re waiting and hoping that it stabilizes soon.”

Rawlings said he is most excited about opening the doors so everyone can enjoy what he enjoys every day.

“That’s the goal. We want to get it open and get everybody to come and enjoy it like we are.”

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