What’s Old Is New Again
Patton said the Baker building will not look much different than it was, but there will be some changes:
- The pool and the fountain will likely remain, Patton said.
- Instead of 450 rooms, it will scale down to 155.
- The street-level floor will have about 11,000 square feet of retail space and a diner and coffee shop seating about 80 people. This is where the kitchen is currently located.
- The main kitchen will be moved to the lobby floor, where the serving will be done.
- The Brazos Room will serve as a prefunction space next to the 15,000-square-foot ballroom.
- The lobby will be brought back to its original glory.
- Patton said that they want to bring the Rose Room back, and they plan to remove several faux walls to open up that space.
- The kitchen will be in the back, close to the banquet room.
- Floors three through nine will be downsizing from 40 small rooms to 21 larger rooms of about 450 square feet. The standard room will be junior suite size.
- The porte-cochere area on the lobby floor will be separate from the rest of the floor and used as an extension of the upstairs spa.
- The mezzanine level will be used as a check-in area.
- Plans include restoring the Presidential Suite on the 10th floor.
- The Baker Suite will be restored on the 11th floor. Meeting rooms will be on the same floor with a set of stairs that lead to the Cloud Room. The plan is to open up one area of that room.
- The current gymnasium space will become a meeting space with breakout rooms and a small kitchen in the back.
- The women’s and men’s area spas will be separate. A fitness area will be added. The spa will be about 14,000 square feet.
- Meeting and conference space will be about 20,000 square feet.