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ARCHITECTURE AND HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
A locally run hotel since 1959, Bob Harris of Lake/Flato Architects reinvigorated the Thunderbird’s classic ‘50s horseshoe shape and interior courtyard for its 2005 reopening. The renovation transformed the structure into a model of modern design and livability while maintaining the original hotel’s bygone feeling of leisure.
The Thunderbird is everything a small hotel should be, providing privacy, hospitality and stylishness without pretension. With its pool and pale blue exterior reflecting the desert sky, a sensation of light and spaciousness pervades. Stands of native plants and cacti anchor the hotel in its environment, and a latticework of salvaged oil-field piping shades the breezeways and poolside lounge with orange honeysuckle vines. Careful landscaping, attention to detail: the Thunderbird is characterized by a wealth of inviting spaces.
Furnished with comfort in mind, the remodeled Thunderbird guestrooms adhere to principles of good design and clean, modern aesthetics.
Inside each guestroom, a fusion of light, wood and concrete textures awaits the visitor. Pecan wood furniture reflects the natural ambience. Smooth floor-to-ceiling doors swing into capacious guest bathrooms, revealing a translucent window perfectly framed behind them. Select work by internationally known, Marfa-related artists and photographers and artists like Terry Allen and James Evans adorns the walls. The hotel is more than just careful design standards and attention to detail, however. The disciplined lines of Thunderbird guestrooms are balanced by a sensitivity to relaxation and privacy. From recessed lighting and cowhide rugs to custom-made platform beds and writing tables.