The La Posada, designed by architect Mary Colter for the Santa Fe Railway and built at a total cost of $2 million dollars in 1929, stands as testimony to the heyday of rail travel in the western United States.
However, after the decline of the railroad as a primary means of cross-country transportation, AT&SF converted the building to accommodate their offices. During the 1960’s archways were bricked in, asphalt tiles were laid over the original flooring and fluorescent light fixtures stretched across the ceilings. For a good thirty years or so, it remained this way until the railroad decided it was time for demolition.
This plan did not set well with the residents of Winslow, nor The National Trust for Historic Preservation. Fortunately, Allan Affeldt came to the rescue, bought it from the railway, and decided to restore the building as close as possible to it’s original state. Today the La Posada Hotel is back in full operation as a hotel, and remains the gem it was designed to be.
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La Posada Hotel
303 E 2nd St
Winslow, Arizona 86047