by Haley Burks
BIG SPRING - In 1930, the Settles Hotels opened its doors to 15 stories of luxury and elegance in Big Spring.
"This was probably the grandest hotel at the time between Fort Worth and El Paso," Kris Ryan with the Settles Hotel and Development Company, said.
Years of water damage and vandalism reduced the landmark into an eyesore.
"You can see all the patch jobs from stones being thrown off the building, and look at all the water damage you can see what it has done to this window," Ryan said.
The once lavish ballroom holds just a glimmer of its former beauty.
"This is the grand ballroom you can see the floor as lots of water damage, but still get an idea what it looked like at one time. Buyers of the hotel over the years did little to help the building," Ryan explained.
The building was sold in the mid 1980s to a gentlemen and he really just salvaged the building took off all the doors and the knobs stripped out the copper piping.
The hotels future lies in the hands of the Settles Hotel and Development Company who plan to restore its original grandeur.
In the hopes, that on the hotels 80th birthday the Settles Hotel will once again be a landmark the city can be proud of.
"It's a great old building, you just hate to see it go to waste," Ryan said.