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Hotel Meadows or Hotel El Fidel
Las Vegas, New Mexico

Description: Hotel Meadows
Other Names: now El Fidel Hotel
Address: Douglas and Grand Avenue, East Las Vegas, San Miguel County, New Mexico
Type: hotel
Original Client: see Remarks
Historic Inventory:
Date: 1920
Condition: extant; in use

Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Dimensions and Orientation: two stories, 49 guest rooms, 87 feet 2 inches across Douglas Avenue

Foundation: concrete
Wall Materials: plastered
Roofing Materials: asphalt
Other Materials Used: metal tile roof coping; red floor tile and leaded glass in the lobby
Remodeling and Additions: caps of towers are removed, as well as relief ornament; lobby consoles and light fixtures removed; new storm entrance to lobby; arcades to the North enclosed to create a cafe

Present Owner: privately owned 2010 Wolfe Family
Location of Drawings: El Paso Public Library: Ponsford 626, machine copy of first floor plan; Sharlott Hall Museum, Prescott, Arizona, photographs of drawings of first and second floor plans, and proposed roof plan fitted with Trost Compartments.
Location of Documentary Photographs: El Paso Public Library: Ponsford 555, (2 photographs) top: perspective view; bottom: lobby; Ponsford 218, postcard from Ponsford 555 top; Ponsford 556 [not located May 4, 1988]

Bibliography: Lynn Perrigo, Gateway to Glorieta. A History of Las Vegas,
New Mexico (Boulder, Colorado: Pruett Publishing Company, 1982), page 27, mention of building the hotel.

Remarks: The building of The Meadows was a community project initiated by the Commercial Club of Las Vegas in 1920. The hotel opened to the public in June, 1923. The new hotel incorporated a small 3-storey hotel on the North. On the Trost Compartment, see INVENTN.001, under Inventions.

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