Architecture/Buildings (33)

Monday, 23 April 2012 20:46

The Exchange Hotel

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The earliest mention of the Exchange Hotel was by William Becknell, the first American trader to travel what became the Santa Fe Trail, when he arrived in Santa Fe in 1821.  Prior to that, records indicate that there was an inn (fonda) at the location.  During the 19th century, the hotel was known by several names until it was razed in 1919 and rebuilt as today's La Fonda. The Exchange was the hub of social interaction (at least among men) during the last half of the 19th century, boasting a saloon and a billiard parlor that was always active. 

The caption for this photo reads "It is the oldest hotel in the west, and was the hotel at the end of the Santa Fe Trail. Overhead wires for power or communications can be seen attached to the adobe hotel. A covered portal supported by square posts is visible on the left. A workman stands on a ladder at left under the porch roof near a sign reading "Lemp, St. Louis". A dog lies on the ground at the foot of the ladder. The area in the foreground is composed of dirt.  Other legible signs include: ..."Star Tobacco", "Exchange Hotel", "Coca-Cola [...] fountain."

Photo by Reverend George Cole

Ca. 1895-1905

Thursday, 19 April 2012 18:12

St. Francis Basilica Tetragrammaton

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There are a lot of stories floating around about this inscription over the main door of the Cathedral. The following from a blog by David B. Williams covers what I have heard:

Tuesday, 17 April 2012 20:40

The La Fonda Bell Tower

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This photograph shows construction in progress of the La Fonda Bell Tower, circa 1926. The bell tower was designed by John Gaw Meem. This photograph appeared in the book "From Every Window: A Glimpse of the Past" published by the La Fonda. A very special thanks to Jennifer Kimball (Chairman of the La Fonda) and John Rickey (General Manager of the La Fonda) for their permission to publish this photo here on Voces de Santa Fe.

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