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New Routes: The Association of Architecture School Librarians 45th Annual Conference

Albuquerque, New Mexico

March 15-18, 2023

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EL VADO MOTEL

2500 Central SW

Albuquerque, NM 87104

The El Vado opened in 1937 and was one of New Mexico’s first motels to greet Route 66 travelers. El Vado is a unique blend of historic character and charm combined with modern comforts and amenities. 


AASL will have the use of the full facility for the conference including sleeping rooms, a meeting room for our sessions, and choices of places to eat within the motel and nearby. 


El Vado was chosen for its unique character, because of its location on the former Route 66, tying in with our theme of New Routes. 


When the motel opened, gas pumps were located along Central Avenue in front of the motel office on the northeast corner of the site. A flashy neon sign topped by an American Indian wearing a colorful headdress welcomes travelers on Route 66. Mr. Murphy constructed the motel in the Spanish Pueblo Revival style. Purposely-designed irregularities give the motel the look of the nearby Pueblos. These include curvilinear and straight parapets, irregular massing, varying buttresses, and exposed vigas (wooden roof beams). The interior of the motel office and lobby is ornately decorated in the Pueblo style. When the motel opened in 1937, the local business journal Albuquerque Progress described the units as “swanky tile cabin suites ready for the summer tourist trade.”


Route 66 historian David Kammer describes the motel as “one of the best examples of a largely unaltered pre-World War II tourist courts remaining along Route 66 in New Mexico.”


The El Vado was built in the Spanish Pueblo Revival style. Through the decades, its appearance and spatial arrangement have not been extensively altered, which shows off the era in which it was built.


We are excited to be in this historic venue and to talk together about New Routes in our profession and libraries. 

To make a room reservation, call El Vado at 505-361-1667

MOTEL RATES:

El Vado

Standard King Room: $138.33

Double Queen room: $155.73

Suite for 2: $138.33

Suite for 4: $181.33

Accessible suite: $155.73

Monterey – next door to El Vado

Standard Full room: $98.10

Standard Queen room: 107.10

Standard King room: $116.10

Group/Family room: $179.10

Accessible King: $116.10



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