The Bender Hotel’s wall art

Most Laredoans think of the Bender Hotel as the creepy run-down ancient hotel downtown. Many photographers see their perfect setting for decay porn (or ruin porn or other names). Personally, I see beauty where others may not – I’m not sure if it is the artsy part of me or the fartsy :P.

If you drive by the Bender today, you see the beginnings of a huge renovation. The new owner was kind enough to let me roam around with my phone camera. Out of respect for his big challenge ahead and in honor of the Artist’s Reception for the South Texas Food Bank’s Empty Bowls art donors this Thursday, I won’t show you the building, I’ll show you some of the leftover artwork left in rooms, most are sitting on the beds:

I really like this print:

They make great window props:

Interesting, no?? I was going to contrast it with some of the artwork that the South Texas Food Bank has already collected for auction but I will post those in the near future. I hope the new owner saves a few of these although I know one that he won’t save. A very creative resident drew this one on the wall (yes, I covered it against my usual sense because this is still a mostly PG blog):

We won’t comment on the positioning or anything else we see on the walls. We’ll just appreciate it for the person’s talent. Let’s hope the new owner finishes the renovations and gives new life to a part of Laredo that needs it.


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17 Responses to The Bender Hotel’s wall art

  1. Rosario says:

    Who is the new owner and what are their plans for it?

  2. MaryHelen says:

    Ooo, please write me to my inbox too! I want to know who and what! 🙂

  3. ___Laredo DaVinci says:

    ___you should open up a “Bender Museum” or maybe an open air display on a Saturday in Jarvis Plaza

  4. carolyn says:

    me too

  5. critters and crayons says:

    So cool!

  6. Tennison says:

    Excellent post. I was checking and I’m impressed! Thank you and best of luck.

  7. Keyrose says:

    I’ve never been in that place. When I used to ride by on my bike, I would peek in to the lobby area. I think my mother told me that my grandmother used to work there as a housekeeper.
    Thanks for posting.

  8. daisy says:

    i always chuckled when i drove past that hotel coming back from LCC 18 yrs ago … you know the name is um, well… heh heh. anyhoot, I LOVE that castle art! like really!! will they sell it to me? ;o)

  9. Et tu Rosse says:

    I looooove L-DaVinci’s idea. The parking areas next and in between the Bender are more than ideal for open air display. With the purchase of the Plaza Theatre and now this, finally downtown seems to be picking up SOME steam towards revitalization. So what’s in store for the Bender? I wanna leave my email too!! ^_^

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  11. David says:

    I lived in the Bender a couple years
    ago. Took some interesting photos. I
    was doing a work study. What’s the plans?

  12. Margo Malakoff says:

    My grandmother owned the Bender Hotel from the early late 40s until the early 60’s, I believe. I am curious as to whether any of the left-art is Korean or European, as my father was working in Korea (also Japan, Switzerland and India – maybe Poland) during the time she owned it.

    • Que Fregados says:

      Oh wow. I couldn’t identify anything distinctly so but who knows. That would be a good question to ask the new owner. That is a pretty cool family history! Do you have memories of the hotel when you were a child? It is in pretty bad shape now, though.

  13. Stephanie says:

    My grandfather used to own the Bender for many years before mr m

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