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The Alvarado Hotel

The Alvarado Hotel is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is one of the Fred Harvey hotels located on the Santa Fe Railroad route. The Alvarado is an example of Old World Charm, built in the Spanish mission style with broad verandas, sunny patios, pools. The hotel was named after Hernando de Alvarado, Commander of Artillery in Coronado's great Southwest expedition. Charles F. Whittlesey designed the 118 room hotel.

In 1902,  Mary Jane Colter  was hired by the Fred Harvey Company to design hotels, shops and rest havens along the new Santa Fe Railway lines for the eager tourists who were anxious to experience the American West.
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Her first project for the Harvey Company was at the Alvarado Hotel in Albuquerque; a museum and gift shop that incorporated Spanish and Native American influences. Its success convinced the company that architecture could be used as a marketing tool to attract tourists, and they sent Ms. Colter to the Grand Canyon to build an Indian museum.

On Feb. 13, 1970, the wrecking ball smashed into the central portion of Albuquerque's most famous historical landmark, the Alvarado Hotel.


Santa Fe To Call New Hotel 'The Alvarado'

Alvarado Hotel Demolished


Alvarado Hotel Brochure courtesy of the University of Arizona Library
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last updated September, 2008