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Retro Rewind - Posted July 28, 2017 9:23 a.m.
Photo from Amarillo Public Library archives

Fisk Building

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Located in the stately brick-and-terracotta building at 724 S. Polk St., the Courtyard Marriott Amarillo Downtown wasn’t always an upscale hotel. The hotel and its signage are relatively new parts of the Amarillo skyline. But the Fisk Building itself is on the National Register of Historic Places – and has been around since late 1928. Designed by prominent architect Guy A. Carlander, the 10-story Gothic Revival building was built by former city commissioner Charles Fisk to provide a home for his growing bank, Amarillo Bank and Trust, during the petroleum boom years. The bank occupied the ground floor of the Fisk Medical Arts Building, with doctor’s offices, dentists, and other professional tenants filling out the rest of the floors.

Fisk’s bank merged with First National Bank in 1935, and that institution occupied the building until 1950. Zales Jewelers remained a tenant of the building well into the 1970s. Elements of its original use remain on display in the lobby and basement of the hotel, which officially opened in early 2011. The above photo was taken in 1937.

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