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Spanish Colonial Revival Chest

Spanish Colonial Revival Chest

Manufacturer / Maker: Fred Harvey (1835 London, England - 1901 Leavenworth, Kansas)

Associated with: Alvarado Hotel, Fred Harvey Co. (1879 - 1970)

Department: History
Date: 1915-1928
Medium: wood and wrought iron
Dimensions:
33 1/2 x 15 1/2 x 31 in. (85.1 x 39.4 x 78.7 cm)
Classification: Furnishings
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, gift of Mr. Clarence Dickinson
Object number: PC1986.60.1.A
DescriptionSpanish Colonial Revival chest, reportedly from the Alvarado Hotel.
On view
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Manufactured for the Fred Harvey Company

Spanish Colonial Revival Chest
ca. 1915-1928
wood and wrought iron
gift of Mr. Clarence Dickinson

PC1986.60.1

 

In the early 20th century, the Fred Harvey Company drew tourists of the growing middle class to New Mexico to witness Native American cultures in a highly curated, controlled, and largely unrealistic environment. The Harvey Company built new structures or claimed existing buildings as “Harvey Houses" and utilized Mission, Pueblo, and Spanish Revival style architecture to create spaces that were intended to feel authentic, even if they remained far from being so. Skillfully crafted pieces such as this chest, made in Spanish Colonial style, would have been integral in creating the effect Fred Harvey desired to develop a flourishing business in the Southwest.

Cofre de estilo renacimiento colonial español

h. 1915-1928

madera y hierro forjado

obsequio de Clarence Dickinson

PC1986.60.1

 

A principios del siglo XX, la Fred Harvey Company atrajo a turistas de la creciente clase media a Nuevo México que deseaban ser testigos de las culturas indígena americana en un entorno tremendamente controlado, supervisado y, en general, poco realista. La Harvey Company construyó estructuras nuevas o reclamó edificios existentes y los denominó «Casas Harvey» y utilizó la arquitectura de estilo renacimiento español, de las misiones y la nación pueblo para crear espacios que tenían un aire auténtico, aunque en realidad estaban muy lejos de serlo. Algunas piezas artesanales realizadas con enorme destreza como este cofre, hecho en estilo renacimiento colonial español, habrían sido clave a la hora de crear el efecto que Fred Harvey deseaba para desarrollar un negocio floreciente en el Sudoeste.