Heritage, Volume 12, Number 4, Fall 1994 Page: 12
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doors and oval top windows that were
Trost's trademarks, and adds saltillo tiles,
leather, and beautiful antiques. Throughout
the hotel, he makes sure that the
furniture and decorations reflect the three
cultures that have flourished in this remote
area of Texas: Indian, Mexican
American, and Western.
You realize that remaining faithful to
the vision of Alfred Gage and Henry Trost
must have been important to Bryan as he
went about transforming the Gage Hotel.
While all of the rooms in the original
hotel now have exquisite antiques and
relics, not all of them have private baths.
This was part of the original design of the
hotel. And while some modern conveniences,
like air conditioning and heating
have been added, you can't help but notice
that there are no telephones or televisions
in the rooms. "We try to create a sense of a
time gone-by," the manager tells you.
As you look around, you notice the
attention to detail: the fireplace in the
lobby that is surrounded by tiles that bear
the brands of the first 10 ranchers in
Brewster County, the antique beds and
tables in the guest rooms, and the ceremonial
swords and pots of the Tarahumara
J.P. Bryan did
more than restore
a hotel; ...he
well...the influx of
people staying at
the Gage Hotel has
had a very positive
effect on the
town as a whole.
You ask about the new section of the
hotel and learn that Bryan decided to expand
his vision for the Gage and Marathon
when in 1992 he conceived the idea of a
separate but adjacent addition to the Gage
Hotel. Working with architect Randall
Walton of Walton and Walton Architects
in Albuquerque, Bryan created a haciendastyle
structure of 20 rooms that surrounds
an intimate and beautifully landscaped
garden-courtyard. The guest rooms in the
Los Portales ("The Porches") section of the
hotel have saltillo tile floors, working adobe
fireplaces, and doors of solid mesquite that
look like they were made when the world
Realizing that everywhere you look there
is something interesting to see, you decide
to postpone your departure to the national
park for a bit and look around Marathon.
You are surprised to discover in a town of
only 600 residents that there are a handful
of gasoline stations, an antique store, two
gift shops, an art gallery, a small grocery
store, and several eating establishments.
You learn that many of these businesses
sprung up after the Gage was restored and
opened to tourists.
Back at the hotel, you mention to the
manager that by the looks of things, Bryan
did more than restore a hotel; you guess
that he helped revive the town as well. The
manager agrees. He notes that the influx of
people staying at the Gage has had a very
Saltillo tile floors, ranching paraphernalia, and old
wooden doors are common throughout the 20 guest
rooms in the Los Portales addition of the Gage
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