Part two; if you missed the first look, it's here. We know what this is. Or rather, was.

Go? No.

The elements were not kind ot the wood, but they gave it a nice surreal zebra touch. You may question the choice of brick, but the author of that design has probably left this realm. Along with much of the town.

Well, they tried. They really did:

They weren't different retail outlets, but big windows. I wouldn't be surprised if they sold cars.

The Brickmaster of Goodyear had his way here as well, it seems.

Some renovations are utterly inexplicable. The faded paint says it was once a SERVICE location.

The blotches on the left could be daubs of glue that held sheets of Vitrolite or enameled panels. The baffling attempt to recreate some sort of canopy bed cannot be explained.

Here's the whole block. "SERVICE" being our clue, this had to be a car dealership.

What's that down the street? Let's take a look.

Oh, Texas.


The . . . Baker Peace? Why the Baker Peace? Was it purchased by a religious organization, and used for housing or worship?

Let's take the white building first.


The Palace Theater. Some pictures have the facade as blue; it's green in others. The Cinema Treasures page says it reopened in 2007, but it doesn't look too busy. A comment says:

I lived with my brother and his family in Colorado Springs TX in the summer of 1991. There wasn’t much to do in this town and one hot day strolling uptown, my nephew and I found this closed theatre. It wasn’t even locked! We decided to explore, being movie buffs (and still are). Everything was very dusty as I remember. The first thing I remember seeing was the concession stand. The popcorn machine still had popcorn in bags ready to be purchased, hot dog weinies (very wrinkled by this time) in their machine ready to be bought also.

More at the link.

Well, let's look next door:

The Baker. Lost Texas says it was an 85-room hotel built in 1927.

Take a look at this mid-century rehab.

Subsequent attempts to improve it were less successful.


It has a Facebook page dedicated to its history.



I'm sure the banners urging people to RECLAIM the city are earnest, but there doesn't seem much to reclaim.