Historic Amador Hotel Reuse Study
City of Las Cruces
Fall 2009

After over 100 years of service Las Cruces’ Amador Hotel was converted into a bank in 1969, and later acquired by Dona Ana County. After the county moved to new offices in 2006, local citizens persuaded the county to donate the building to the City of Las Cruces for use as a general history museum. Our team, which included a museum planning consultant and an exhibit consultant, performed a detailed evaluation of both the historic adobe structure and the recent bank additions to generate existing conditions drawings, a historic preservation analysis and a development strategy for reuse. From stakeholder interviews we discovered that there was not strong support for a general history museum. Through visioning workshops and town hall meetings the team developed a proposal for reuse as a community events center with a historical exhibit, non-profit offices, and a restaurant and bar addition. This option allows the maximum amount of public access to the building, restores it as a social gathering space, and provides potential revenue-generating uses to support the building’s upkeep.