Gustave Baumann is one of New Mexico’s beloved artists and is considered one of the finest woodcut printers of the 20th century. In addition to the floral and Native American design patterns he carved into massive pine doors at Los Poblanos, he also carved San Ysidro Labrador with motifs of corn and wheat over the central mantel in the formal ballroom. For fans of his prints, Los Poblanos provides a unique opportunity to see his genius as a woodcarver up close.
One of the only Albuquerque artists to have worked at Los Poblanos, Walter Gilbert’s craftsmanship as a ironsmith is unparalleled in New Mexico during the 20th century. Working closely with John Gaw Meem, Gilbert intricately crafted all the iron door handles depicting San Ysidro, the massive oversized door hinges, and even the wrought iron gates of the gardens.
Laura Gilpin is one of the most important photographers of the Southwest. She portrayed the American Southwest and its people with great sensitivity, producing a fine and unique visual record both of the landscape and in particular of the Pueblo and Navajo Indians. She also made her living photographing important architecture, which she captured with that same sensitivity. Gilpin took many beautiful photographs of the buildings and gardens of Los Poblanos, which can now be seen by visitors for the first time in over 70 years. A special thank you to the Amon Carter Museum for reprinting this work in our behalf.
The formal Spanish-style gardens were designed in 1932 by Rose Greely, a pioneer female landscape architect. She studied a variety of art forms at several institutions, such as the Maryland Agricultural College; the Art Institute of Chicago (interior decorating); metal work in Washington, D.C.; and a year’s study of silver repousse work and enamelling on metal in Florence, Italy, before she decided to combine her enthusiasm for design and horticulture in a degree in landscape architecture. She attended the Smith College Graduate School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture for Women in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Los Poblanos is her only known work in the southwest and features vibrant flower beds irrigated with river water, Spanish tile fountains, rose cutting gardens, winding pathways, and an allée of mature Cottonwood trees. Click here to read more.
Peter Hurd is widely considered one of New Mexico’s most important painters. He was born and raised in Roswell, NM, but was eventually trained by the great N.C. Wyeth in Chadds Forth, PA. He achieved the best expression of his personal vision in the tempera paintings of the place he loved best-the small village of San Patricio, New Mexico, fifty miles west of Roswell, where he built Sentinel Ranch in the 1930s. In December 1923, in Pennsylvania, Hurd became acquainted with N. C. Wyeth, an illustrator of children’s classics. He persuaded Wyeth to accept him as a pupil in the spring of 1924. He painted alongside Andrew Wyeth and his sister, Henriette, herself an excellent painter. He fell in love and married Henriette in 1929. In the 1940s, John Gaw Meem and Ruth McCormick hired him to paint a massive wall mural under the portal of the Cultural Center. The mural depicts a scene of San Ysidro, the patron saint of agriculture.
Paul Valentine Lantz
The entire women’s changing room in the Cultural Center was painted by Paul Lantz, a successful Santa Fe illustrator and a painter of landscapes and portraits. His work can also be seen in the public spaces at the La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe.
Harry Garrison Miller
The five panels painted over the ballroom doors and windows at La Quinta were added in 1951, more than a decade after all the other artists completed their work. Painted in a WPA style, Miller portrays the pastoral history of Los Poblanos with panels of shepherding, farming, and the original barn and dairy buildings. They are a perfect compliment to Peter Hurd’s mural only a few feet away.
The decorative tin light fixtures illuminating the buildings of Los Poblanos are examples of tinsmith Robert Woodman’s finest work. Woodman was part of the Spanish Pueblo Revival movement during the WPA period, which sought to perpetuate New Mexico’s unique craft of Hispanic religious decorative tinwork. He frequently collaborated with John Gaw Meem in designing fixtures for some of New Mexico’s most famous buildings, including Zimmerman Library at UNM and the La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe.
Olive Rush was an illustrator, muralist, and an important pioneer in Native American Art Education. Raised as a Quaker, Rush studied at Earlham College before becoming an illustrator in New York in 1895. During December 1932 through February 1933, Rush worked on the wall decorations in the master suite at Los Poblanos (Now called the Simms Suite). After La Quinta opened in 1936, she held an art exhibition there. In 1937, she again worked for Ruth Simms at the Sandia School for Girls painting two overmantels, two outside frescos, and door panels, all representing aspects of student life.