Arches and Artistry: A Chronicle of Albuquerque’s Alvarado Hotel

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On Sunday, July 21, 2024 at 2 pm, Fred Harvey Historian Matt Kluge will present a program on the history of Fred Harvey’s operations in Albuquerque including the landmark Alvarado Hotel. The speaker is presenting live from out-of-state and will take questions from those attending. The program will be held at the Albuquerque Museum at 2000 Mountain Rd. NW in Old Town. Parking is free in the lot south of the Museum. Admission to the Museum and the AHS program is also free. The program will also be live-streamed to the AHS Facebook Page and available later from the AHS website and YouTube Channel.

The Alvarado Hotel was one of the finest hotels in Albuquerque, and within the Fred Harvey company. Matt’s presentation will cover the history of Fred Harvey’s operations in Albuquerque from the arrival of the Santa Fe Railroad up to the 1960s. The primary focus will be on the Alvarado itself, but Matt will also discuss the hotel’s place within the greater Albuquerque community.

Photo of Matt Kluge Matt Kluge is an architectural designer and railfan from central Illinois, with a side passion for Fred Harvey history. His interest in the Harvey company began while watching “The Harvey Girls” movie with his grandparents and has flourished ever since. While primarily focused on the architecture and history of the Harvey hotels, Matt’s research touches on all aspects of Fred Harvey and the Santa Fe Railway. Matt has given lectures on various Fred Harvey operations in New Mexico, including those in Las Vegas, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque.


Photo of the Alvarado Hotel
Alvarado Hotel c1922
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division