Celebration Dedicates Historical Plaque on Fisk Building

 

AMARILLO, TX - MAY 14, 2013: A marker now proclaims the Fisk Medical Arts Building's place in Amarillo history.

The National Park Service approved inclusion of the 1928 structure at 724 S. Polk St. on the National Register of Historic Places in December. But the plaque was dedicated during a celebration Tuesday.

The Courtyard by Marriott at the Historic Fisk Building hosted the party with help from Center City of Amarillo, an organization that promotes downtown revitalization, Center City Executive Director Beth Duke said.

Newcrest Hotels Ltd., an Irving developer, spent $16 million transforming the Fisk into the hotel, according to a 2012 annual report from Downtown Amarillo Inc. DAI is a nonprofit supporting downtown redevelopment. The Courtyard has been in operation more than two years.

To get the historic register application to the federal level, the company first had to have it approved by the Texas Historical Commission. That came in September 2012, according to AGN Media archives.

BY KAREN SMITH: AMARILLO GLOBE NEWS

Fast Facts:

  • The building's developer was Charles A. Fisk, a two-term Amarillo city commissioner, financier and philanthropist.
  • The brick and terracotta skyscraper opened July 28, 1926.
  • Fisk's Amarillo Bank and Trust Co. and medical offices originally occupied the building.
  • Architect Guy Anton Carlander incorporated key characteristics of Gothic Revival style, including pointed arches at the main entrances and mezzaine-level and tower windows.
  • Cast stone ornaments at the Polk Street alcove resemble gargoyles.

Source: Texas Historical Commission