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Herman Blueher House
Old Town Albuquerque

On the northeast side of Albuquerque's Old Town square at 302 San Felipe is the Herman Blueher House. Blueher arrived penniless in Albuquerque in 1882 and found work as a hired hand for a local produce farmer. A shrew businessman, Blueher amassed a considerable fortune by 1898, eventually acquired 33 acres of land and built the ornate and beautiful Italianate style brick mansion with Tiffany windows and walk-in closets. He introduced draft horses to Albuquerque and owned one of the first farm equipment dealerships.

Now home of the La Hacienda Restaurant, much remains of the original Blueher Mansion interior.

On the westward facing external wall of the La Hacienda patio is a mural painted in the 1950s by Ted Schuyler, formerly a resident in one of the Patio Market apartments, depicting the 1706 southward migration of the town’s original twelve families from Bernalillo to Albuquerque.

Over the years, the strong southwestern sunshine faded the mural. In 2008 it was magnificently restored by Albuquerque artist Karen Deaton of DreamScapes.

The patio is a great place to relax and people watch while dining on a traditional New Mexico meal.

Next stop on Old Town Walking Tour -
Church Street Cafe
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