Mayor Berry Celebrates the City’s Newest Historic Landmark
Albuquerque, NM - Mayor Richard J. Berry and the Planning Department are pleased to announce the designation of the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Hospital, currently known at Hotel Parq Central, as a Historic City Landmark.
"The rehabilitation, restoration, and re-purposing of this property is an elegant example of what historic preservation can produce," said Mayor Berry. "The City of Albuquerque applauds the dedicated efforts of Memorial Ventures LLC that transformed the property into a first class, boutique hotel."
Originally built in 1926 the property served as a hospital for employees of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company. In the 1940’s the name was changed to the AT & SF Hospital. The property was purchased in the 1980’s by a group of psychiatrists who changed the name to Memorial Hospital.
In 2003 the property was purchased by Memorial Ventures LLC who creatively renovated the project, in keeping with the building’s historic integrity, "although we didn’t purchase the property with a particular use in mind, we realized we had become stewards of the property," said co-owner David Oberstein. "We took the job of historic renovation quite seriously. We wanted the highest and the best use of the property - a use that would be more available to the public."
The property’s main buildings were gutted while preserving the original layout. Renovation details pay homage to the building’s first railroad tenants and its use as a medical facility, some of which are highlighted in the rooftop Apothecary Lounge.
The City will unveil the Historic Landmark plaque at a reception on Monday, December 5, 2011, 2:30 p.m., at Hotel Parq Central, 806 Central SE.