La Posada Hotel
303 E. 2nd St.
I was lucky enough to be “stuck” for 3 days at La Posada during a dust storm a few years back. Everyday we “had” to eat incredible food, sit on the back porch, read, watch the trains go by, and sip pitchers of sangria. It was rough.
One of America’s treasures, the beautifully restored 1930 Harvey House was designed by Mary Jane Colter, the most influential female architect of her time. La Posada was the last of the great Harvey House/Santa Fe Railway hotels. Mary Colter, who also designed the Hopi House at the Grand Canyon, considered La Posada to be her favorite project, being the only time she was allowed to design everything from the gardens to the buildings.
The timing of the opening couldn’t have been worse. 1930 saw the beginning of the Great Depression, and La Posada never truly prospered. It closed 27 years later, the museum-quality treasures auctioned off. In 1961, it was gutted to be transformed into offices for the Santa Fe Railway (yes, acoustic ceiling tiles and all.) By 1994 the National Trust for Historic Preservation but La Posada on its endangered list.
After three years of negotiation, Allan Affeldt and his wife Tina Mion, purchased the landmark and immediately began restoration, hiring local artisans to restore it to its glory. Oh, and what glory it is!
Don’t miss this! Also featuring the Turquoise Dining Room. This was a stop on the 2002 Route 66 Caravan, a 66-day road trip led by preservationist and historian, Jim Conkle. He lead the The Route 66 Caravan from “pier to pier,” Santa Monica to Chicago to raise the awareness of Route 66 and the need to preserve it. He posted more than 50 Hampton “Save a Landmark” signs along the route.
Recommended and rated by the National Historic Route 66 Federation. To find more, check out their handy “The Dining and Lodging Guide”
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