Six Car Pub & Brewery/ Crush won First Place in the Texas Downtown Association Presidential Awards for Best New Construction in cities with a population over 50,000.

The Texas Downtown Association (TDA) sponsors the annual awards program that recognizes outstanding projects, places, and people from across the state. TDA announced the winners at the organization’s annual banquet in Corpus Christi on Thursday evening.

Center City nominated Six Car Pub & Brewery/ Crush for its innovative architecture that includes outdoor patios, contemporary interior spaces and two rooftop bars. Center City is a member of Texas Downtown Association and a Texas Main Street City.

“Six Car and Crush mark the first new construction on Polk Street since the 1980s. The land had been an empty surface parking lot for decades,” said Beth Duke, executive director of Center City. “The land was the site of the old Amarillo Grand Opera house, which burned in 1919. During construction, builders discovered burned timbers from the fire so many years ago.”

William Ware and Tol Ware, co-owners of Dubs Development LLC, own the building that houses Six Car Pub and Brewery and Crush Wine Bar.

“We wanted this building to be a catalyst in downtown revitalization,” William Ware said. “Its impact is iconic and inspirational. We honored the architecture of the area by merging the old and new.”

Architect Mason Rogers and his team at Playa Design Studio incorporated colors and design elements from historic buildings downtown.

For example, the Pueblo Deco architectural frieze on the building’s façade continues a design of the historic building at Sixth Avenue and Polk Street, which was designed by Guy Carlander, an early Amarillo architect.

“Architectural awards recognize the talent in our city and our efforts to revitalize downtown,” Duke said. “These awards literally put our downtown on the map as we compete with cities throughout Texas. This is our first award for new construction. We hope it is the first of many.”

William Ware said, “I hope this inspires others. We made a point to overbuild to accommodate game nights and conventions that will come to Amarillo.”

Past TDA Design Award winners from Center City include:

  • The Courtyard by Marriott at the historic Fisk Building
  • The Potter County Courthouse restoration
  • The Charles Lynch Architectural Offices in the Ted Lokey Oil Co. building
  • The Lofts on 10th
  • The Herring Bank branch in the former funeral home chapel

One hundred and eleven entries were submitted in 12 different categories from communities across the state for the 2018awards. TDA was established in 1985 to connect and serve communities that are committed to downtown vitality.