New History To See And Explore In Historic Fuller Lodge

Historic Fuller Lodge in springtime. Courtesy/Los Alamos Historical Society Archive

HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:

There’s a newly recreated room to explore upstairs in Fuller Lodge—and a giveaway to take visitors back in time! The Zia Room is now open for the public to explore as a historic recreation of a Cold War-era hotel room.

Visit before June 11 and people can enter to win a 1950s-themed basket of (new!) fun gifts and items originally from the 1950s. The winner will be announced in a drawing during Chamberfest June 5.

The Zia Room is directly at the top of the stairs to the second floor in Fuller Lodge, next door to the room recreating a 1930s Los Alamos Ranch School master’s bedroom.

The new historic recreation in the Zia Room captures the spirit of a guest room at The Lodge, the Cold War-era hotel run in Fuller Lodge.

The Lodge, like the town of Los Alamos, was owned by the Atomic Energy Commission. The hotel operated from 1947 through 1966. The Ranch School bedroom also has some new historic photos and information, and both rooms are elevator accessible.

The Lodge was the only hotel in government-operated Los Alamos. In the new recreated room, visitors will get a sense of what a guest room in the hotel was like, with period furniture and replicas of historic artifacts from the Los Alamos Historical Society Archive and Collections. In addition to guest rooms, The Lodge offered Cold War visitors a barbershop, restaurant, cocktail lounge, and a small banquet hall. Booking for single room in 1949 was $7 per night (approximately $75 today); a double was $9.50 (roughly $100 today).

The new historic room was created by a partnership between the Los Alamos Historical Society, Los Alamos MainStreet, Los Alamos County, and the National Park Service Heritage Partnerships Program.

The Historical Society also wants to thank the many community members who have given feedback and suggestions at past public events!

The Los Alamos Historical Society preserves, promotes, and communicates the remarkable history and inspiring stories of Los Alamos and its people for our community, for the global audience, and for future generations.

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