El Portal Hotel Murals (destroyed) – Raton NM

Description

“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.

Source notes

"El Portal Hotel/WPA Project," Santa Fe Trail, National Scenic Byway
<http://www.santafetrailnm.org/site126.html>

"New Deal Sites in New Mexico," Atlas of Historic New Mexico Maps, New Mexico Humanities Council.
<http://atlas.nmhum.org/atlas.php?gmap=42>

We welcome contributions of additional information on any New Deal project site.

SUBMIT MORE INFORMATION OR PHOTOGRAPHS FOR THIS SITE

Location Info


101 N. 3rd St.
Raton, NM 87740

Coordinates: 36.902589, -104.440683

3 comments on “El Portal Hotel Murals (destroyed) – Raton NM

  1. Andy Robertson

    The hotel burned to the ground in November 2012. All artwork is gone.

  2. Zeemarie

    If the El Portal was a two-story yellow building, I may have a photo of this hotel, taken in 1981. I’m not able to load it to this site though.

Leave a Reply

Before leaving a comment, please note:

  • Comments allow viewers to share information with others or alert us to errors or changes in a New Deal site.
  • We are not involved in the management of New Deal sites and have no information about visits, hours or rentals.
  • This page shows all the information we have for this site; if you have new information or photos to share, click below.

SUBMIT MORE INFORMATION OR PHOTOGRAPHS FOR THIS SITE

We welcome contributions of additional information on any New Deal project site.

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.