Hotel Andaluz (Hilton)

125 Second St. NW,  Albuquerque, NM  87102

Access:  505 388-0088  |  Hotel Andaluz

Hotel magnate Conrad Hilton was a native of San Antonio, New Mexico. Owner of several hotels in Texas, Hilton made this his first after the Great Depression and the first modern, high-rise hotel in the state. Many famous people stayed here including Zsa Zsa Gabor on her honeymoon with Hilton, James Stewart while stationed at Kirtland AFB during WWII, Lucille Ball, and others. In June 1945 David Greenglass and Harry Gold allegedly met here to exchange atomic secrets.

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While the brick cornices designate the exterior as Territorial Revival style, the public interiors were and are more Spanish Colonial Revival. Apparently, in the 1960s, the two-story lobby was reduced to one story to provide more meeting space. In 1984 the lobby was restored to its present and original configuration. The 2009 remodel preserved important features such as the carved, wooden elevator interior, enhanced the amenities and upgraded the energy conservation aspects including roof-top photovoltaic panels.

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Previous names:
Hilton Hotel (1939); Hotel Plaza (1969); La Posada de Albuquerque (1984); Hotel Andaluz (2008)

Completed:  1939
Architect:  Anton Korn
Contractor:  John Greer and Nathan Salmon
First remodel:  1984
Remodel Architects:  Boening and Protz [seeking info*]
Remodel Contractor:  Bradbury and Stamm Construction
Second remodel:  2009
Remodel Architects:  Studio Southwest Architects
Remodel Contractor:  seeking info*

National Register of Historic Places:  #84002868 (1984)
NM State Register of Cultural Properties:  #992 (12/16/1983)
City Landmark (Albuquerque):  seeking info*

 

 

7/20/19

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