Barfield Building rebirth: a major surprise

There’s no way in the world to overstate the surprise I felt when I heard the news, that a developer had decided to remake the Barfield Building in downtown Amarillo and turn it into a “boutique hotel” with the Marriott name. Yep, it was a shock. The picture you see with this blog post comes … Continue reading Barfield Building rebirth: a major surprise

It’s actually begun: work on the Barfield Building

This story remains a serious head-scratcher for me. I’ll be glad to be proved wrong if and when the story concludes. They have begun work on a 10-story eyesore in downtown Amarillo, Texas. The Barfield Building, which has gone through many fits and starts as it has decayed over the course of many years, is … Continue reading It’s actually begun: work on the Barfield Building

What will happen to the Barfield Building? Anything?

I have taken great pleasure in cheering on the progress I’ve witnessed in downtown Amarillo, Texas. Abandoned buildings have been revived. New structures are being erected. Businesses are coming back into the district. They’ve broken ground on a new minor-league baseball park. Downtown is home to two first-class hotels. Then we have the Barfield Building. … Continue reading What will happen to the Barfield Building? Anything?

Barfield Building gets another look … maybe

I would love to cheer this bit of news regarding a long-standing downtown Amarillo eyesore. I’m afraid I have to hold back the hoo-rah. You see, we’ve been down this path before — many times before, in fact. The owners of the Barfield Building — at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Polk Street — … Continue reading Barfield Building gets another look … maybe

Yes on Barfield … what about the Herring?

A trip into downtown Amarillo, Texas, today brought to mind a question about the central district’s future. If the Barfield Building — a seriously rotting hulk of a structure — can be targeted for renovation as a Marriott niche hotel, why can’t anyone come forward to revive an even more iconic structure, the Herring Hotel? … Continue reading Yes on Barfield … what about the Herring?

What? Barfield is coming back to life? Maybe?

Well, shut my mouth and call me … whatever you want. I had written not long ago about my doubts over the future of the long-abandoned Barfield Building in downtown Amarillo, Texas. It stands at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Polk Street. It’s a rotting hulk of its former glory. https://highplainsblogger.com/?s=Barfield+Building This morning I … Continue reading What? Barfield is coming back to life? Maybe?

Abandoned building gets another new owner

Is this it? Is this the corner that an abandoned, dilapidated, rotting hulk of a downtown Amarillo office building needs to return to life? A Dallas developer, Tom Pauken, has just foreclosed on the long-abandoned Barfield Building, wrestling it away from its owner who’s said for longer than anyone can remember that, by golly, he’s … Continue reading Abandoned building gets another new owner

Hotel signals a potentially shiny future for city

By John Kanelis / johnkanelis_92@hotmail.com I was unable to attend the dedication of a new hotel in downtown Amarillo, given that I now live about 360 miles southeast of the city. The opening of the Barfield Hotel, though, has been on my radar for some time, dating back to my days as a journalist covering … Continue reading Hotel signals a potentially shiny future for city