Beyond The MetroABQ: The Diamond St Compound in Las Vegas New Mexico

Beyond The MetroABQ: The Diamond St Compound in Las Vegas New Mexico
by Chris Lucas

The private Diamond Street Compound residences enjoy a half acre of land & is discreetly hidden behind gates on a side-street, a few blocks from the Plaza. If you know what you're looking for--beautifully decorated sculptures that act as gates--you'll know when you pass by. Built in the mid 1920's, the three rock houses sit amongst gardens, greenspaces & incredible sculptures across the property. The rock walls are approximately 18" thick & are comprised of random-sized uncut boulders & stones with plaster interiors. You can see the gates & stone houses below. Read More


Beyond The MetroABQ: The Historic Trolley Building Transformed at NM Highlands University (NMHU)

Beyond The MetroABQ: The Historic Trolley Building Transformed at NM Highlands University (NMHU)
by Chris Lucas

A short & very scenic two-hour drive to Las Vegas New Mexico is always an incredible daytrip. Read More


Beyond the MetroABQ: Hotel Casteñeda in Las Vegas, New Mexico

Beyond the MetroABQ: Hotel Casteñeda in Las Vegas, New Mexico
by Chris Lucas

At 120 years old, La Castañeda Hotel has seen better times--for 50+ years it was a Fred Harvey Hotel & considered the "Queen of Las Vegas," New Mexico. Las Vegas is a small town with over 900 homes & businesses on the National Register of Historic Places, a stunning number of historic buildings, especially for a town of just 14,000 people. Around mid-century though. the railroad made way for cars & motels, & The Queen, a fantastic Mission Revival example, was left alone & neglected... Read More