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Santa Fe NM

Some friends are visiting Santa Fe this week, and I was reminded of my visit there in 2006.  I thought I’d share some of my memories of that adventure.

The impressive El Dorado Hotel is relatively new, built on the Santa Fe Plaza around 1990 in the Pueblo Revival style.  It is conveniently close to the Georgia O’Keefe Museum and the old town shops on the Plaza.

El Dorado Hotel

El Dorado Hotel

The Lensic was originally built in 1931, but was eventually abandoned and left in disrepair by the end of the century.  The building was restored and reopened as the Lensic Performing Arts Center in 2001, and now stages 200 performances/year.

Lensic Performing Arts Center

Lensic Performing Arts Center

Built in 1917 in the Pueblo Spanish Revival style, the Museum of Fine Arts was the name of this gallery when I saw it in 2006.  It has since been renamed the New Mexico Museum of Art.  While the building is very impressive, I remember the simplicity and style of the typical fireplace, which forms an integral part of the building’s walls.

Typical New Mexico Fireplace in the New Mexico Museum of Art

Typical New Mexico Fireplace in the New Mexico Museum of Art

Art works are central to life in Santa Fe.  This bronze of an elk tossing its head was lit by the moon one evening.

Elk Statue and Moon

Elk Statue and Moon

Indians offer their handicrafts spread out on blankets in the Indian Market on the Old Town Square.  Their work is gorgeous, as you can see from this photo.

Jewelry in the Indian Market at the Santa Fe Old Town Square

Jewelry in the Indian Market at the Santa Fe Old Town Square

References:

El Dorado Hotel

Lensic Performing Arts Center

New Mexico Museum of Art

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Mark Bobb

Mark Bobb loves to travel and do photography in his free time.

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