Historic Homes of the Rio Grande Valley: Gutierrez-Hubbell & Los Poblanos

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Field Trip

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 8:00 am–4:00 pm

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The Rio Grande Valley in Albuquerque, with its rich agricultural soils, mild climate, and beautiful cottonwood Bosque, has attracted a diversity of wildlife and settlers. We will have the opportunity to visit two historic properties along the Rio Grande, the Gutierrez-Hubbell home in the South Valley, and the La Quinta home & Los Poblanos Property in the North Valley. Both homes are listed on the New Mexico State Register of Cultural Properties.

The Gutierrez-Hubbell home dates back to the 1860s and symbolizes the blending of Spanish, Angle and Native American traditions and cultures during the Territorial Period. The house served as not only a private residence, but a mercantile, stagecoach stop and post office. It was the home of Juliana Gutierrez, a descendant of one of the wealthiest and most powerful families in the Pajarito neighborhood. Juliana married James Lawrence “Santiago” Hubbell, a Connecticut Yankee who came west to seek his fortune. They had 12 children, who were all born in this large rambling 5,700 foot adobe home. The second son, Juan “Lorenzo” became a merchant and trader with the Navajos and established the Hubbell Trading Post in Ganado, Arizona, which is now a historic site managed by the National Park Service.

The Los Poblanos land was originally inhabited by ancestral Puebloans in the 14th century, and later by Hispanic settlers from Puebla, Mexico (to which the name “Poblano” refers). The land became part of the Elena Gallegos land grant around 1716. The original ranch land was owned by Ambrosio and Juan Cristobal Armijo through the 19th century, but reassembled by Congressman Albert Simms and his wife Ruth Hanna McCormick Simms in the 1930s. The Simms worked with renowned architect John Gaw Meem to renovate the original ranch house and create the La Quinta Cultural Center. Meem and the Simmses contracted some of New Mexico’s leading artists and craftsmen of the period to create artwork for the building. There is a fresco by Peter Hurd, carved doors and mantels by Gustave Baumann, tinwork by Robert Woodman, ironwork by Walter Gilbert, photography by Laura Gilpin, and a landscape designed by the famed Rose Greely.

We will have lunch in the La Ventana Room of this historic property, followed by a tour of this historic home and the working Los Poblanos farm.

Activity Level: Easy, a visit to two historic properties with limited walking.

Cost: $125 per person, includes transportation, entrance and guide fees, and a gourmet lunch.

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