The Hotel Settles is a beautiful Art Deco landmark in the center of West Texas. It was built in 1930 by cattle rancher W.R. Settles, and was recently fully restored with attention to craftsmanship and historic details.
Until the 1960s, the Hotel Settles was a destination for socialites, celebrities and locals. A place that had once symbolized the town’s wealth, by the 1980s it was closed, neglected and in danger of being torn down. In 2006, a Big Spring native saw its potential and began restoring the historic hotel back to its original glory.
Historic Window Restoration
We were brought onto the project to restore the 400 original double-hung wood windows. Although they were in desperate condition, we were able to restore the windows instead of replacing them. The windows were brought back to our shop, repaired, reglazed, repainted and reinstalled; a process that is typical to many of our projects.
Once the windows were completed, we moved to the interior. Although much of the woodwork had been stripped from the building after it closed, we used old photographs, original blueprints and a few samples to recreate the paneling, doors and moldings as authentically as possible.
In the lobby, we crafted all the paneling, restored the front desk and repaired the original phone booth.
The Grand Ballroom was also restored to its original state; the moldings, doors, paint colors and historic fans all look as they would have in 1930.
Historic Preservation Works
The reopening of Hotel Settles in December 2012 symbolizes the revitalization of the town of Big Spring. People are once again making it a destination, and it has brought hundreds of jobs back to the town. There is even talk of restoring some of the other buildings downtown that have a similarly rich history.
For more about this project, view the video below, or view more historic preservation projects here.
Hotel Settles was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in April 2013. If you are traveling through West Texas, be sure to book a room!