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Haunting Photos of the Baker Hotel
Mineral Wells, Texas

by John Troesser
Photos courtesy of Jason Grant and The Nostalgic Glass

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Baker Hotel bridge
The bridge from the hotel to the pool

 
It has never been adequately explained how buildings - especially vacant or abandoned buildings - affect us. But they do. The word nostalgia comes from two Greek words: nostos - meaning to return home - and algos - denoting pain. But even foreign buildings or buildings we've never seen can cast a spell on us - sometimes from just seeing a photo or examining an engraving. While it cannot technically be "homesickness" - for those of us who experience it - it's the next closest thing.
Baker Hotel bridge and entrance, Mineral Wells, Texas
Close up of bridge and entrance
Distant view of the Baker Hotel
The Baker Hotel distant view
Jason Grant is a Dallas based photographer who captures images of historic ruins. These include some of the more inaccessible buildings and structures in Texas - and many more in the former Soviet Union.
Hallway accessing spiral  staircase  leading to bell tower
Hallway accessing spiral staircase leading to bell tower

Grant is a realist and doesn't entertain false hope or dreams that these structures will all be restored. He sees their decay as a natural, inevitable process and feels that "these palaces give a much more tangible sense of history in their vacant, neglected state than if they were meticulously restored museums."

A visit to Jason Grant's site: www.nostalgicglass.org will bring you to these places seldom seen. You can take a tour of fortresses, castles and estates in Russia - or visit the interiors of the Nueces County Courthouse or the Baker Hotel as well as a WWII airfield and the Matagorda lighthouse.

The rich photography is accompanied by brief but explanatory captions. The section marked History will say a few words on the photographer's philosophy toward these buildings and structures.

In Mr. Grant's own words: "I hope that my project will give some of these estates a chance to say a few last words about themselves before they slip away, to be remembered as the grand structures they’ve always seen themselves as."

Haunting Photos of the Baker Hotel - Page 2 >
Baker Hotel Interior

More About The Baker Hotel:

  • The Ghosts of the Baker Hotel by Bob Hopkins.
  • The Baker Hotel by Johnny Stucco ("Rooms with a Past" Series)

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