The Baker Hotel, Mineral Wells, Texas

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Baker Rising

May 22, 2014
by Gail Bennison
Fort Worth, Texas Magazine

In her glory days, the majestic Baker Hotel embraced U.S. presidents, Hollywood royalty, socialites, oil tycoons and cattle kings.

Conceived by a group of Mineral Wells businessmen and built by famed Texas hotelier T.B. Baker, the hotel opened its doors, Nov. 9, 1929, and it held its grand opening Nov. 22, just two weeks after the Wall Street Stock Market crash. At a cost of $1.2 million, the Spanish Revival-style, 14-story hotel had 450 air-conditioned guest rooms and featured tennis courts, medical clinics, shopping, restaurants, a drinking pavilion, a beauty salon, outdoor pool, a bowling alley and one entire floor dedicated to a spa for mineral baths and massages. It was the home of the famous Brazos Club.

The Baker thrived for two decades.

Read the full story: http://fwtx.com/articles/baker-rising

From Dream to Reality, From Liability to Asset

May 18, 2014
By TYLER MASK
Mineral Wells Index

Laird Fairchild

Laird Fairchild decided he wanted to make renovating the Baker happen

Proclaimed support for the Baker Hotel has become more than just "word on the street." The truth is out, and 96 percent of Mineral Wells has no reservations on bringing its 14-story giant back to life.

But none of this happened overnight, and might not have come to pass if the Baker restoration team's Laird Fairchild hadn't stumbled upon it more than 12 years ago.

Read the full story: http://www.mineralwellsindex.com/topstory/x611378520/From-dream-to-reality-from-liability-to-asset

Mineral Wells Voters Overwhelmingly Support Baker Hotel Renovation

May 11, 2014
By Bill Hanna

Star Telegram

Baker Hotel interior before renovation

Since the Baker Hotel opened in 1929, its fortunes have been intertwined with the city of Mineral Wells.

Following Saturday's vote, Mineral Wells officials hope both the town and the hotel are on their way to a rebirth.

In what developers are calling the last piece for the dilapidated hotel’s much-needed makeover, nearly 96 percent of the city's voters approved reallocating an eighth of a cent of the city's sales tax to the $56 million project.

Read the full article: http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/05/10/5809852/mineral-wells-voters-overwhelmingly.html?rh=1

Victory

May 10, 2014

And that's that! 95% of all the votes cast IN FAVOR of the Baker Hotel! Onward and upward!

Thank you, friends!