Mabel Dodge Luhan Historic House, Taos

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The Mabel Dodge Luhan House, also known as the Big House, is a historic house at 240 Morada Lane in Taos, New Mexico, United States. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1991. It is now used as a hotel and conference center.It was a home of arts supporter and writer Mabel Dodge Luhan (1879-1962), where she orchestrated one of the most successful artistic salon environments in the early 20th century United States, hosting well-known writers, painters, photographers, and musicians, and nurturing the young Taos art colony.DescriptionThe Mabel Dodge Luhan House is located near the eastern edge of the town center of Taos, at the end of Morada Lane. The house, originally part of a larger compound, is a 20+ room adobe construction up to three stories in height. Stylistically it is an early example of what is now recognized as the Pueblo Revival style, blending elements of traditional Native American Pueblo elements with those of the Spanish Colonial period.HistoryThe house was built over a multiyear period between 1917 and 1922, using largely tradition Puebloan construction methods, and incorporates into its structure two older buildings. The work was overseen by Tony Luhan, a Native American who Mabel Dodge later married. The public spaces of the interior include the large "Big Room", a two-section chamber that doubles as entrance vestibule, and the "Rainbow Room", so named for the colors painted on the latias (the crossing members of the ceiling above the vigas). The house was the largest of several small houses Luhan had built on her property; the others served as additional guest quarters, and have not been well preserved.
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  • Thank you, Mabel Dodge Luhan, for bringing so many great artists, both visual & literary, to the Taos area. Without her outsized personality, the Taos area & NM would be far poorer. Mabel's...  more »
  • I visited Mable Dodge Luhan House for an artists workshop and loved every minute. Historic and comfortable spot with outstanding food and studio space. I hope to make this an annual trip (at least!).  more »
  • Never thought I'd see this place but I did. This also be a very cool place to stay. Many famous people have stayed here. If you're in Santa Fe and this interests you be sure to stop. We were on our tour of New Mexico and this was a special place
  • Delightful. Although, Some simple updates and upgrades to the rooms and grounds would do wonders. New mattresses especially. Seems a bit neglected. The food is wonderful, however. The cooks and kitchen staff were personable but other staff, not as much. Great location to walk to shopping and very quiet. No air conditioning.
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