For 96 years, Santa Fe’s La Fonda on the Plaza hotel has stood as a venerable nexus of history and hospitality. The multilayered life of the hotel, from the early Fred Harvey years to present day, is chronicled in the new coffee table book “La Fonda Then & Now.”
The book is richly illustrated with 224 pages of vintage archival and contemporary images, many of them never seen before. They depict the same exterior and interior locations and scenes as they have evolved through time. In addition, “La Fonda Then & Now” features reproductions of numerous works in the hotel’s extensive art collection.
Navigating deftly between the decades, each chapter illuminates one of the diverse elements that have shaped the La Fonda experience. Among the contributors are award-winning architect Barbara Felix, New York Times bestselling author Stephen Fried, and acclaimed Native artist Tony Abeyta, whose work graces numerous prestigious museums including the Smithsonian and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. These insiders share their unique perspectives on the hotel’s history, preservation, service, food (there are even recipes), weddings, parties and events, celebrity guests and longstanding traditions.
This is truly a unique, beautifully illustrated history of La Fonda.