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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD ] ' FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2010_ - 9 Greening What Hilton Built Inside the makeover of Albuquerque's last landmark hotel By ARNOLD BERKEIPreservation Magazine - Online Only I Mar. 8, 2010 Albuquerque has been hard on its historic hotels. In 1970, after a wrenching battle, the mag- nificent mission-style Alvarado (1902) was torn down. The city lost the Franciscan (1923), an exotic Spanish-Pueblo ziggurat, in 1972, and El Fidel (1932) now houses office condos. But the last of these downtown landmarks, the old Hilton, has been given a new--and green--lease on life as the Hotel Andaluz. Conrad Hilton (Paris' great-grandfa- ther) opened the hotel in 1939 as a tribute to the southwestern spirit of his native New Mexico. Dallas architect Anton Korn infused it with Hispanic and Native American flourishes- •from a two-story ar- caded lobby decked out in stucco, tile, wrought iron, and wood to mu- rals by local artists on pioneer and Ir!dian themes• By contrast, Korn designed the 10- story exterior as a sleek, almost modernist, ren- dition of the old Terri- atmosphere returned, in 2005, local developer Gary Goodman bought the building, vowing to preserve its historical charm while making it a model of sustainability. "I got caught up in a moment of passion," says Goodman, CEO of Goodman Realty Group. "They were auc- tioning it off, and I was the only one from Albuquerque there. I torial Style, accented The Andaluz opened in 1939 as a Hilton, only by brick roof Albuquerque's first modern hotel. copings• A Photo Credit: Ed Boles block from famous Route 66, the Hilton was the. tallest structure in the state. F o r years, the ho- tel was a so- cial and po- litical hub, its famous visitors rang- ing from ac- tress Zsa.Zsa Gabor, Hilton's wife duritt the Topped withe:heavily, beamed ceiling, the arcaded early • 1940s, its Southwestern atmosphere. to future Photo Credit: Courtesy president Email us at hcherald @ aznex•net o hcherald @ hotmail.com John F. Kennedy, who spoke there at a 1957 Democratic fundraiser. "It was always known as Albuquerque's living .room, where people would gather to share what was occurring in the city and the area," says Paul O'Dowd, general manager of the Andaluz, which debuted last October. After downtown began de- clining in the 1960s,' the hotel endured a series of new owners and renovations (shrinking the lobby to one floor was the most drastic)• But in 1984, tile "hotel reopened as La Posada de Al- buquerque, with much of its lost said, what will happe.n to"this last, really irreplaceable hotel, a big part of the city's history, if it gets out of local hands? So I bought it." The new name refers to the Spanish region of Andalucia, with its Moorish roots, which inspired Goodman's makeover, including the "casbah" lounging nooks tucked behind the lobby arches. Playing into the theme are historic elements like the lobby's red-tiled floor and dark- wood ceiling and trim. Four lobby murals also survive..One, depicting Acoma hoop dancers, is slated for restoration. The $12 4 Photos Same Day Service Call for Appt. Available at the Hidalgo Count Herald 212 E. Motel Dr. Ste B. " Lordsburg * 57554/2.8705 storefronts and entrances,, in- cluding historic marquees; and lighting, were kept, and a lroof- top lounge, Ibiza, rechaims Hilton's old sun terrace, cllosed since the 1950s. (Jreen goals ruled. "Every hotel in our portfolio fol]lows certain green initiatives," says Jeff Mclntyre, a partner in Gem- stone Hotels and Resorts, which operates the Andaluz. "'But this was planned froml the ground up with a vision obf be- ing as green as possible." More than 75 percent of demolition debris was di- verted from the landfill• (Cast-iron tubs and sinks were given to a community college in Tucumcari, N. M., whose fine-arts students have been converting them to sculpture•) Other materials were reused, including non-historic beams that live on as public restroom countertops. The renovation--a candidate for LEED gold certification also used paints, carpeting, and adhesi,ves low in volatile organic compounds• Rooftop solar panels gen- erate 60 percent of the' hotel's hot water, augmenting new high-efficiency boilers. Rain- water will be sent to 2,500- gallon cisterns, for watering both street trees and indoor plants• Occupancy sensors ra- tion heating, cool- ing, and lighting in the 107 guestrooms, and LED and fluores- cent lighting pre- vails. In addiition, dual-flush toilets and low-flow fau- cets should save 100,000 gallons of water per year. Another in- novation is a cen- ter on the mezza- nine level de- signed to lure guests to the (city's arts venues and museums. To)uch- lobby retains screen monitors provide informa- Hotel Andaluz tion, and gluests can print out rmaps, itineraries, clalen- dars, and even tickets to rrnuse- urns and performances• "It's doing just what we envisiomed," says Goodman Realty's IDarin Sand, who directs the center and headed the green renovattion. "People might not have vi,,sited, for example, the National His- panic Cultural Center if they didn't have their display case here." City revenue bonds, federal preservation tax credits, and new market tax credits helped finance the $30 million re-do, which set aside 20 percent of its hotel jobs for Native Americans. The project has infused considerable capital into downtown, which is enjoy- ing a comeback thanks to devel- opments like this, three nearby housing complexes that open this month, and conversion of a 1926 hospital into the Hotel Parq Cen- tral, which will open in the fall. "The Andaluz has already reaped rewards," says Goodman• "We've brought in conferences thast had never been to Albuquerque.. And if not for the fact that it's a his- toric eenovation, and that it's a green one. we wouldn't have got- ten that business." There are I OOs of Reasons to send flowers... we can help you with all of them!  iAa: Glk  Free De,iver, in :;:::r°°: Lor'dsbur'gl 214 [i. MOII:I DltlVll IN I..ORDSBt, IR(;  t. t/- .,,'r/ ", 542-8880 ELEVATION OF 3 UNIT . " L-" )i TOWN HOOE- THREE uNrr TOWN HO(J - THREE uNrr ...... TCCN HOIJSE - THREE t/ltr ONE BEDROOM -578 8.F. ONE flEDROOM -TM 8.F, TWO BEDROOM -1,044 8.F. .............................. !i 7•: a UNIT BUIIJ. _NG8 WIL L CONSIST OF USING ONE MORIE OF TPI! FLOOR PLANS SHOWN HERE Housing units Housing project underway on South Main ::ii Continued from Page 1 next few weeks. The development is a part- nership between McShane; Gene Turner and several other investors. Turner, who devel- oped the project, has said "We want to invest in the commu- nity and help it to grow into the future. Though we are starting small, we expect to be doing a lot more down the road." Gene Turner has been liv- ing in Hidalgo County for five years and has developed a sub- division in Animas, Rancho Hidalgo. It consists of approxi- mately a dozen housing units geared towards the clear, dark skies of the Animas/Rodeo val- ley that often attract astronomy hobbyists. McShane, who has con- tracting licenses in Ohio, Ari- zona and New Mexico, plans to make Hidalgo County his home within the next few years. "We are in this for the long haul," said McShane. This housing development is the first new multi-family construction project in the City of Lordsburg since the 1970s. Lordsburg Land. Develop- ment LLC, according to McShane, plans to.be involved in the community. Turner, in his southern Hidalgo County deal- ings, has plans underway to be involved in educational,alid community projects •. "- For more information, :o;r.'tol make reservations on the hbug-' ing units, call Randy Norfick-it Portal-Rodeo Realty at 57-E.r - 557-2242. ,/ j s¢ , _7 .j.. i :222 z ,/: : -7 / ' • , ' • ,• .% %%, %, • - c   ,, . , , . i i , 2 / ., C ? /!i.i! .: - i °%,% , : . , . %. ........ : " 2" • . *' 2. LOCTION PLaN /- Site plan .. -. You can expect the best in prenatal and obstetric care from Hidalgo Medical Services! 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