Winslow station (Arizona)
Winslow is an Amtrak train station at 501 East Second Street in Winslow, Navajo County, eastern Arizona. It is served daily by Amtrak's Southwest Chief between Chicago and Los Angeles. The Santa Fe Depot and La Posada Hotel Harvey House compound are the centerpiece of the La Posada Historic District (established 1992).
La Posada Hotel
|Location||501 East Second Street|
Winslow, AZ 86047
|Line(s)||BNSF Railway Gallup / Seligman Subdivisons|
|Platforms||1 side platform, 1 island platform|
|Opened||1929 (or 1930) La Posada Hotel|
|Passengers (2015)||5,074 12.7%|
|Official name||Winslow Santa Fe station|
|Designated||March 31, 1992|
|Part of||La Posada Historic District|
|Architectural style||Mission Revival/Spanish Colonial Revival|
Both were designed by renowned architect Mary Jane Colter. She is the architect of various notable Fred Harvey Company buildings, including others at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and in New Mexico. She considered La Posada Hotel as her integrated interior/exterior masterpiece.
La Posada Hotel, and the depot, combine elements of the Mission Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival architecture styles. Characteristic Colter designed features include shaded colonnades and arcades, restaurants, red clay tile roofs above massed stuccoed walls, courtyards and acres of gardens, custom furniture, and decorative wrought ironwork throughout. The hotel building had two main entrances, a southern one on train platform and a northern one on the street for local people and U.S. Route 66 travelers.
The hotel was closed in 1957, turned into offices, and later abandoned.
Bought in 1997 to save it, it was substantially restored to reopen as a historic hotel and restaurant complex. Further restoration of the buildings and historic gardens is ongoing. A parking lot and field east of the hotel totaling 8 acres (3.2 ha) is being converted into a sculpture garden, orchard, and potager garden by the Winslow Arts Trust (WAT).
The Turquoise Room, the hotel's restaurant, was rated as one of the top 3 restaurants in the United States by Conde Naste in 2009. The Tina Mion Museum exhibits Mion's contemporary paintings in the hotel's former 3,000 square feet (280 m2) ballroom.
The Santa Fe Depot building serves as the present day Winslow Amtrak station. It was also renovated by the Winslow Arts Trust to house the Route 66 Art Museum, celebrating the culture of Winslow and the historic U.S. Route 66 in Arizona corridor. In June 2016, work began to convert the depot section into a fine art museum.
Attractions near La Posada Hotel in adjacent historic Downtown Winslow include:
- Old Trails Museum, in a 1920 bank building.
- Snowdrift Art Space, in the 1914 Babbitt Brothers department store building.
- Winslow Visitor Center, in the former 1917 Winslow Hubble Trading Post building.
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- "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
- Laposada.org: History of La Posada Hotel
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- Laposada.org: The Fantasy − Mary Jane Colter’s Vision
- Laposada.org: La Posada Hotel
- The Winslow Arts Trust (WAT)
- The Turquoise Room at La Posada Hotel
- Laposada.org: Tina Mion Museum
- "About Winslow Arts Trust". Winslowartstrust.org. Retrieved 2015-12-12.
- Fisher, Talaina (2016-06-29). "Work begins on a unique Route 66 fine art museum". The Tribune-News. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
- Laposada.org: Attractions within walking distance of the La Posada Hotel