By Edith Cherry and James See – May 22, 2020
Previous Names: The Lodge, Cloudcroft Lodge
Address: 601 Corona Pl., Cloudcroft, NM 88317
Access: 800 395-6343 | Website
The Lodge in Cloudcroft is one of the oldest resort hotels in New Mexico and has been in operation almost continuously for over 100 years. The original lodge, constructed by the Alamogordo and Sacramento Mountain Railway was a large, rustic log structure completed in 1899. In 1909, a disastrous fire destroyed the original building.
By 1911, the rebuilt Lodge was again in operation, advertising one of the highest golf courses in the country at 9,000 feet, and a site with spectacular views of the Tularosa Valley below. The architectural design of the new Lodge plays with English coastal themes and some details reminiscent of Swiss chalets, while the interior is Victorian.
Various owners and remodels, too many to describe here, accommodated the social changes of WWI, Prohibition, the Great Depression, and WWII, as well as the changing gambling laws in New Mexico. The most significant change was the enclosure of the long, front porch to accommodate the main dining room, Rebecca’s.
Architect: Chicago firm, seeking info*
Contractor: Frank Powers
NM State Register of Cultural Properties: #1407 (10/2/1987)
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