The architect of The Firestone Amarillo, located in the heart of downtown, has been awarded the 2019 Preservation Texas Honor Award. This award recognizes successful efforts to save irreplaceable and authentic historic places across Texas.
“For Gregg, the architect, to receive this award is a clear indication that he and his team did their best to preserve this historic piece of downtown Amarillo,” said The Firestone owner Sally Jennings. “It’s very exciting for all of us.”
The Firestone opened in the 1930’s as the Louis H. Smith Inc. Firestone Store and was hailed as a “one-stop shop” for car care. Many of the features of the original building were preserved during the restoration. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in July 2015.
“The 2019 Honor Award winners set a high standard toward which we can all aspire,” said Preservation Texas President Ann Benson McGlone of San Antonio. “These preservation projects required vision and determination. We look forward to putting the spotlight on these outstanding efforts.”
The Firestone Amarillo is now an upscale living community that was completed in 2017 and owned by Gary and Sally Jennings. The lofts were designed and inspired by Architect Gregg Bliss, AIA, and Landscape Architect Cleve Turner. The Firestone features 13 unique upscale residences and exclusive amenities. Restoration of the brick and cast stone facade, original steel windows and wood structural elements were all carefully cleaned and refurbished under the Interior’s Standards. The original steel windows, existing glass storefronts, and garage doors were replaced to match the original design.
“We cannot wait to see what will be in store for The Firestone and its current and future tenants,” said Gary Jennings. “We have created a new chapter in the continuing history of downtown Amarillo.”