2019 Design Award

Conrad Hilton Hotel Historic Rehabilitation Plainview, Texas
Merit Award


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Architect:  Wallace Architects, LLC
General Contractor:  Eastland Properties, LLC
Photographer:  Wallace employees

The eight-story Conrad Hilton Hotel in Plainview, Texas, had stood vacant for at least 30 years and was showing the wear and tear of such a long vacancy.  We took on the task of designing a redevelopment of the hotel into low-income housing, including 29 one- and two-bedroom apartments, complete with residential amenities.  The elegantly restored historic ballroom will be used for civic and private events.

The historic rehabilitation financed using State and Federal Historic Tax Credits and Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits.  The State and Federal Historic Tax Credits are administered and awarded by way of the Texas State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and the National Park Service (NPS).  The Low Income Housing Tax Credits are administered and awarded by way of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA).  Both sources of equity are key to making a historic redevelopment like this become a reality.  Strict design regulations from


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TX SHPO, NPS and TDHCA guided much of the design and restorative construction, specifically in regards to these items; historic restoration and recreation of key elements, common and in-unit residential amenities, energy and resource efficiency and residential and common use accessibility requirements.

Jake Mooney, the co-owner of Kansas City's MRE Capital is in the business of redeveloping older buildings into affordable housing.  His general contractor on another project lives in Amarillo and came across the former Hilton on his way south.  He drove through Plainview and saw the big building and said "this would be right up your guys' alley."

And it was.  Mooney said the hotel was in better shape than some other projects he'd worked on.  The nearly 90-year-old structure still had 'good bones' despite at least 30 years of vacancy.