From hospital to hotel

From hospital to hotel

An Albuquerque landmark reborn
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This historic postcard shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad’s hospital building, which opened Sept. 8, 1926, in Albuquerque. Because railroaders paid monthly for medical services, they sometimes clandestinely used the building as a hotel. They would check into the hospital for major events such as fairs and celebrations in Albuquerque, have a night on the town and then sleep it off between clean hospital sheets before getting back on the rails.
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What was once the hospital’s front entrance is now a delightfully enclosed patio with well-kept gardens and a walkway to an auxiliary building, which served as the physicians’ residence where doctors slept after working long days and nights caring for railroad workers.
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Distinctive design elements on the hotel floors include shadowboxes and display cases with original artifacts such as this vintage hatbox.
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A detail of the Hotel Parq Central’s guest book illustrates comments from satisfied customers.
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The exterior of the Hotel Parq Central shows the extensive rehabilitation work necessary to turn a railroad hospital into a 74-room boutique hotel.
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Built on an entire city block where Central Avenue meets Interstate 25, Hotel Parq Central can be seen adjacent to a city park that was once used for picnics by ailing railroad workers recuperating with their families.
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A view of the lobby shows comfortable seating and more of the distinctive glazed tile that can be found both inside and outside the historic building.
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The lobby contains model railroad engines, including the famous Super Chief diesel with its two-tone paint job.
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On each hotel floor well-designed shadow box exhibits carry the hospital and medical theme with displays about the human body, sight, smell and sound.
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