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Los Poblanos Inn

La Quinta Cultural Center
4803 Rio Grande Blvd NW , Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107
Phone(505)344-9297 Fax (505)342-1302 Toll Free 1-866-344-9297

Directions: From Interstate 25, go west on Interstate 40, exiting on Rio Grande Blvd. Go north on Rio Grande 3.3 miles. The Tree-Lined entrance will be on the left (west side of Rio Grande)

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Los Poblanos Inn
Listed on both the New Mexico and National Registers of Historic Places, Los Poblanos Inn Bed and Breakfast, of Albuquerque, NM, has 25 acres of agricultural fields and extensive historic gardens. Both Los Poblanos Inn Bed and Breakfast and La Quinta Cultural Center were designed by the Southwest's foremost architect, John Gaw Meem, the "Father of Santa Fe Style". Los Poblanos Inn Bed and Breakfast and La Quinta Cultural Center are located in Los Poblanos Ranch, minutes from Downtown Albuquerque, NM, but miles from distraction.

La Quinta Cultural Center
Built in the 1930's by famed architect John Gaw Meem, Los Poblanos Inn Conference Center was built as the La Quinta Cultural Center for the Albuquerque Community. La Quinta is filled with works by famous artists of the time: a fresco by Peter Hurd, woodcarvings by Gustav Baumann, and more. The rich heritage, culture, and centuries-old history of New Mexico are reflected in every room.

A 15,000 square foot building with gracious portals and formal gardens is available for business meetings, executive retreats, company banquets or private cocktail receptions, seminars, concerts, dinner and garden parties. Los Poblanos Conference Center provides the perfect place for a successful event with its harmonious proportions and the unique New Mexican elegance of a country estate setting.

Once you enter our tree lined drive, you are transported to a different time. A time where there were few distractions and people were able to focus on the business at hand. Los Poblanos offers your attendees a relaxed setting where the vibrant air and beautiful gardens inspire fresh ideas. Our secure, secluded atmosphere will make your next strategic planning session a successful one!

Los Poblanos Ranch, which forms the main part of the Los Poblanos National Historic District, encompasses Los Poblanos Inn and La Quinta Cultural Center as well as historic gardens and agricultural fields.

The Los Poblanos land was originally inhabited by Anasazi (Ancestral Pueblo Indians) in the 14th century. Around 1716, it was deeded to Elena Gallegos de Gurul as part of the Elena Gallegos land grant. Many of the original Mexican settlers in this area were thought to have come from the state of Puebla whose citizens are known as "Poblanos", thus the land's name.

Los Poblanos is first mentioned by name in a 1790 census which shows six plazas, or settlements, in the North Valley of Albuquerque, including La Plaza de San Antonio de Los Poblanos. Ambrosio and Juan Cristobal Armijo owned the 500-acre Los Poblanos Ranch through the 19th century, which was reassembled by Albert and Ruth Simms in the 1930s.

Albert Simms and Ruth Hanna McCormick were widowers when they met while both serving terms in the U.S. Congress. Albert Simms was an Albuquerque lawyer known for his activity in banking, business, and politics. He was elected to Congress in 1928, where his seat on the House floor was next to Ruth's, who was elected as representative of Illinois that same year. She was the daughter of Mark Hanna and widow of Senator Mediill McCormick, both prominent men in Illinois politics.

Upon returning to New Mexico in 1934, Albert and Ruth reunited much of the original Los Poblanos land and hired famous architect John Gaw Meem , the "Father of Santa Fe Style," to design the remodel of the ranch house (now the Inn) and to design La Quinta.

Holstein cattle were bred and grazed on the Ranch, the original site of the Creamland Dairies complex and various experimental crops were cultivated. La Quinta was the hub of the city's political and cultural activities for many years. Music events first hosted in its courtyard would blossom over time into the city's well-loved June Music Festival. Patrons of the arts, the Simms also helped develop the Albuquerque Little Theater. They launched schools that are still vibrant academic centers (Manzano Day School, Sandia School and Albuquerque Academy). Their contributions and devotion to their city have had lasting effects enjoyed even today by all Albuquerqueans.

Ruth died in 1944, and Albert continued life on the farm until his death in 1964. His nephew Albert Simms, with his wife Barbara and their 5 children, moved to Los Poblanos in 1966. In 1976, the ranch was split and sold to Armin and Penny Rembe and Armin's sister Victoria Rembe Walker and her husband, Robert Walker. The Rembes reunited the property in 1997. In order to preserve and protect the historic property, the ranch house has been converted into an Inn. La Quinta Cultural Center is brought back to its original use as a building for public use and recreation. The gardens have been improved, while the fields have been again dedicated to agricultural uses. The Rembes remain committed to serving as the ranch's stewards and are also avid, long-time collectors of New Mexican and Latin American arts.

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