“This private old hotel has a variety of art work in lobby areas including large murals created by Manville Chapman in 1939 and 6 others done later by his student, Willie Warder, another WPA Project artist. The hotel housed the original WPA Project office for the region and was the location of WPA-supported art classes.
This historic hotel is reminiscent of a period when railroad and mining workers boarded in hotel rooms routinely. Paintings and memorabilia are fascinating.
The El Portal Hotel suffered a devastating fire in 2009, losing the northern part of the hotel. Until renovations on the remaining rooms are completed, the hotel is closed.”
-Santa Fe Trail
Sadly the hotel burned to the ground completely in November 2012.
"El Portal Hotel/WPA Project," Santa Fe Trail, National Scenic Byway
"New Deal Sites in New Mexico," Atlas of Historic New Mexico Maps, New Mexico Humanities Council.
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