Posts Categorized: history

Behind the Scenes: Santa Fe’s Scottish Rite Temple

Masonic Backgrounds

The Scottish Rite Temple at the corner of Paseo de Peralta and Washington Avenue is one of the most distinctive buildings in Santa Fe. Its architectural style, pink exterior and the fact that it was built by Free Masons all add to its mystique. How many times have you driven by it and wondered what… Read more »

A La Fonda Love Story

Olga Chavez' grandfather, Jose Garcia is on the far right.

Olga Chavez is a third generation Santa Fean and realtor with Barker Realty. She says she wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for a love story that began at La Fonda. Olga’s grandfather, Jose Garcia was born in Durango, Mexico in 1907. His father brought the family to El Paso in 1912 so that they… Read more »

Celebrating the Women Who Welcomed Travelers West

Twin sisters Bernette Jarvis and Beverly Ireland are joined by Gloria Jimenez. All three women were Harvey Girls at La Fonda in Santa Fe in the 1950s.

This past weekend the New Mexico History Museum hosted An Evening with the Harvey Girls – a fundraiser featuring the new documentary film, The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound and a reception here at La Fonda. There were over 200 people in attendance, buzzing with a handful of former Harvey Girls. As many of you already know,… Read more »

90 Years, Part III: The Fashion and The Party at La Fonda

This is Part III and the final installment of a three-part history post from our Chef Concierge, Steve Wimmer on the occasion of La Fonda’s 90th birthday. You can read the first two installments here and here. Through the fall season very fashionable clothes were advertised for sale in the New Mexican.  One could get… Read more »