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Hotel Hidalgo
Lordsburg, New Mexico


Description: Hotel Hidalgo
Other Names: none
Address: Lordsburg, Hidalgo County, New Mexico
Type: hotel
Original Client: Gateway Chain Hotels
Historic Inventory:
Date: 1929; ground breaking on June 1, 1928
Condition: extant; 2014 hotel is not in use but a few shops are open in the front of the hotel

Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost (?) or Gustavus A. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Contractors: Nat Gammon (?)
Dimensions and Orientation: two stories, L-shaped, 265 feet across facade; wing, 36 feet 5 inches x 122 feet 8 inches deep
Budget/Cost: $50,000.

Foundation: concrete
Wall Materials: stuccoed
Roofing Materials: flat
Other Materials Used: wood vigas; polychrome Mexican tile water table; exterior is stucco
Remodeling and Additions: a 43-foot passage to accommodate automobiles has been cut through what was the ladies’ parlor, covered entryway removed.

Present Owner: Mrs. Rosales
Location of Drawings: none known to exist
Location of Documentary Photographs: El Paso Public Library: Ponsford 212 and 213 a, b: postcards showing exterior; Ponsford 554: photograph of exterior; Ponsford 557, ladies’ parlor; Ponsford 558, lobby; Ponsford 579, a bedroom, presumed to be the Hidalgo; Ponsford, a dining room, presumed to be the Hidalgo.

Bibliography: (1) El Paso Herald, June 1, 1928 page 14 ‘ To Start Hotel Today’
(2) El Paso Herald, May 1, 1928, page 3 ‘Pasoan Get Contract for Carlsbad Hotel’
(3) El Paso Herald, February 9, 1929 page 24 Pueblo- Spanish Style of Architecture Followed

Remarks: The hotel was the site of the annual cattlemen’s dealers’ conventions. There was a fire in the South wing in 1982 or 1983, and the hotel was closed. Our informant stated that the original furniture was still in the building, and that the owner hoped to reopen it.

The hotel is Pueblo-Spanish in design. The exterior is stucco, so put on as to resemble the old manner of Indian plastering. Gaily colored logs ends set off the front facade of the building.

The large lobby is finished in Spanish style with comfortable chairs and lounge seats done in Spanish leather. A comfortable lounge opens off the lobby one one side. On the other is a coffee shop.

The hotel maintains it own laundry.

Bedrooms of the hotel are furnished after the Spanish motif, the furniture being deported in Spanish-Indian colors.

Prepared for the El Paso Public Library by Lloyd C. and June F. Engelbrecht under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, 1990