Brynn Counts Lee, Karen Urbanczyk Counts, and Marsha Urbanczyk Neel
Photo Margie Braidfoot
(Of the architect's drawings, this one "had me with Hello".) In the back left of the drawing is the Guest Registry Desk and the Stairway. Along the back to the right are the original 3 sets of French Doors leading to the Garden Area. This area will surely be the site for many bridal and baby showers as well as small meetings. After all, our Panhandle Inn was built to be the Meeting Place of the Panhandle. It will be just that again.
From Architect Charles Lynch's original feasibility drawings, the upstairs proposed floor plan: 3-2,500 sq. ft., 2 bed, 2 bath, private balcony living suites. 5 guest rooms. Commons lobby. Also, one original guest room will be restored to original and will include original furnishings. Furnishings to include: ceiling light fixture and globe, bed, wardrobe, luggage stand, sink, medicine cabinet.
Architect Charles Lynch presented each of the 4 drawings in this set in his presentation to the Board of the Panhandle Inn Foundation on the night he was unanimously selected to lead the renovation of OUR Panhandle Inn. This was his feasibility vision for downstairs. It includes: City Hall, coffee shop, restaurant, Inn gift shop and information center, lobby, conference room, commons bathrooms.
Garden Area proposed to be named "Summers Garden" in honor of and tribute to Deborah Summers. Mrs. Summers founded the Panhandle Inn Foundation. The area is flanked with well established shade trees planted by Deborah and her husband, Larry. Sure to be a popular venue for garden weddings, outdoor concerts and community use. The garden is easily accessed from Main St., the alley, and the Main Lobby of the Inn.
Framed Original Architectural Drawings hang in the background. Lots of stories were told between the near 500 guests.
Brynn Counts Lee, Karen Urbancyk Counts, and Marsha Urbanczyk Neel enjoy reminiscing in the Inn's ballroom. Maybe they are planning a dance!?
This Raffle Prize Beauty went to the Martin family. Look for this pretty, young family cruising around town with the top down. Wait for son,Whitman, to get in high school. What fun he and his friends will have as long as he can get the keys from his mom.
Larry bought the Inn as a gift for his wife Deborah much like Ernest Thompson built the Inn as a wedding gift for his wife May Peterson. May and Ernest's story is a beautiful romance. Their story is Deborah's all time favorite love story. If you see Deborah out and about, ask her about the Inn's favorite couple.
Ernest O. Thompson
May Peterson Thompson
Signed Original Available-$150
Original Available-$150 Mrs. Riley was Panhandle High School's beloved art teacher and is one of OUR Panhandle Inn's biggest supporters. This piece is one of three of Mrs. Riley's illustrations of the Inn. The 3rd was purchased. Mrs. Riley and her husband have now retired to the San Antonio area.
Artist Nancy Riley and craftsman/artist Dee Goodman collaborated to create mosaics from the linoleum from upstairs guest rooms in the Inn. Panhandle High School student, Johnny Kirkwood, created several mosaics, as well. Funds raised from the sale of the mosaics at $100 each have been very beneficial for the Inn. Some available-3/1/14.
Original Works of Nancy Riley
The Frighten Inn Haunted House
I ain't 'fraid no ghost?????
Original to the Inn! How lucky is Our Grand Lady to have some of her original furnishings back! Each room had a luggage bench, wardrobe, sink, and a bed. (This is what we know so far.) There will be one guest room restored and furnished to original.
Vintage Tin Ceiling Tile
Donated by Davidson Leasing in Amarillo, this 12,000 sq. ft. of tin ceiling tile is a match to the tile original to the Inn. Now isn't Our Lady lucky!
I've always wondered...
Visitors were delighted for the opportunity to see inside our historic Inn. Some remembered the Inn from its glory days as "the meeting place of the Panhandle". Others were seeing the massive 20,000 sq. ft. structure for the first time. Still others...were seeing inside for the first time in the light as invited guests. (Instead of a trespasser in the dark.)
After being closed for over 30 years, the interest to see inside the Inn was peeked to say the least.
Come on in to the INN...
Open it and they will come! And the visitors did come. The Open House was scheduled on Saturday of Panhandle High School's Homecoming festivities. Close to 100 visitors took the opportunity to visit the Inn.
High School Wreaths
Mrs. Richardson's Home Ec. students made Christmas wreaths and baked goodies for our shop.
Christmas on the Town
A nice view of merchandise made by high school students and long time resident,Betty Biggs for our Christmas Shop.
High School Creation
Long time Panhandle resident Betty Biggs hand crafted these beautiful pillows from men's ties.
Vintage Tile Mosaics
PHS Art teacher Nancy Riley crafted these handsome tile mosaics from the Inn's vintage linoleum. The barn wood frames were fashioned by long time resident and wood craftsman Dee Goodman.
Another Creative Wreath
Prize Main Street Sign
Hard at work..
Vintage Street Signs
Get 'em while you can!
Grafix to go shows off their vintage Panhandle street signs,
Another great idea showcasing Panhandle's vintage street signs donated to and sold by the Panhandle Inn Foundation.
City Guys Having Some Fun
I don't know...do these guys have their own calendar??
Gotta Love Our Elementary Fans
Grammie's Boys love the INN!
Thanks Robinson Grain!
Jamie Rocha's boys proudly display their creative coloring of the SAVE THE INN! signs in their dad's office window at Robinson Grain.
Who can resist the contagious energy and enthusiasm the children have as they rally to SAVE THE INN!
The number one reason to SAVE THE INN!, current and future generations.
My $1,000 Good Bye
My fabulous fellow "World Changers" sent me off to my new career path with a $1,000 donation to SAVE THE INN!
Ashley B. 5th grade 2012
Panhandle 4th Grade 2012
Ethan and Rex aka Scary and Scarier. Ethan is the king of spooky sounds and is always willing to work to add to the guests' haunting experience. Rex has made his name as... "THE CLOWN!!!!!".
The Panhandle Inn LOVES Panhandle Elementary's Students
Panhandle Christmas on the Town
The Panhandle Inn's "Shop in the INN"
Thanks to the City of Panhandle! They donated the replaced vintage street signs to the Panhandle Inn Foundation.
Panhandle Inn Raising the Roof Pi Run 3.14.15
A BIG "Thank you!" to our Official Race Photographer, Ethan Eagle. Great job, Ethan!! What a super friend to the Inn you are!