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Albuquerque in Bernalillo County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Hotel Alvarado

 
 
Hotel Alvarado Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 22, 2011
1. Hotel Alvarado Marker
Inscription. Hotel Alvarado was constructed in 1902 and demolished in 1970 in spite of local efforts to preserve it. The hotel and depot complex, shown in this 1908 photograph looking west, was designed by Santa Fe Railroad architect Charles Whittlesey in California Mission Revival style. The hotel was named for Hernando de Alvarado of the Coronado Expedition of 1540. The hotel was the site of the Fred Harvey Restaurant and Indian Building. Mary J. Colter designed the interior using regional artifacts and Indian motifs.

One of the nation's most distinctive railroad hotels, The Alvarado was for several decades the social and political center of Albuquerque. The hotel was described by one affectionate traveler as "one of the last of the Harvey Houses and the most beautiful of them all, with old gray stucco and the turquoise trim, its cool courts and shady patios inviting siesta, its Indian museum packed with old Pueblo artifacts, its slow heartbeat of the coming and going of the Santa Fe trains."
 
Location. 35° 5.014′ N, 106° 38.879′ W. Marker is in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in Bernalillo County. Marker is on 1st Street SW, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is just to the left of the entrance to the Albuquerque Alvarado Transportation
Hotel Alvarado Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 22, 2011
2. Hotel Alvarado Marker
Marker is just to the left of the entrance to the Albuquerque Alvarado Transportation Center.
Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 1st Street SW, Albuquerque NM 87102, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Albuquerque Electric Streetcar System (a few steps from this marker); Harvey Girls / Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, 1869 - 1958 (within shouting distance of this marker); Madonna of the Trail (approx. 0.7 miles away); La Doctora María Dolores Gonzáles (approx. 0.8 miles away); Graciela Olivárez (approx. one mile away); Dominguez y Escalante Expedition (approx. 1.4 miles away); Founding Women of Albuquerque (approx. 1.4 miles away); Casa de Armijo (approx. 1.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Albuquerque.
 
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Hotel Alvarado - West Side image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington
3. Hotel Alvarado - West Side
HABS NM-123
As seen from the corner of First Street and Gold Avenue (Original arcade on this side was blocked ca. 1934 to create a bar and offices. High wall on left enclosed outdoor bar.)
Hotel Alvarado - East Front image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington
4. Hotel Alvarado - East Front
HABS NM,1-ALBU,5-4
Entrance from station platform to arcade which led around the central patio to hotel.
Hotel Alvarado Indian Building image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington
5. Hotel Alvarado Indian Building
HABS NM,1-ALBU,5-19
South front of the Indian Building (Constructed 1922)
 
 
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