Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Farm in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Receive National Preservation Award

National Trust for Historic Preservation to present award at its national conference

The National Trust for Historic Preservation will present its Trustees Emeritus Award for Excellence in the Stewardship of Historic Sites to Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Farm in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The project is one of 18 award winners to be honored by the National Trust during its 2013 National Preservation Conference in Indianapolis, Ind.

Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Farm has a dynamic history as a farm and cultural center. Built in 1932, Los Poblanos was the nucleus of an 800-acre ranch and experiential farm owned by Congressman Albert G. Simms and his wife, Congresswoman Ruth Hannah McCormick Simms. Los Poblanos served as the Simms’ private home, headquarters for their dairy, farming, and nursery businesses, and as a cultural center. Its treasures include original works by Depression-era craftspeople and artists, as well as the building itself, which was designed by John Gaw Meem, internationally recognized for developing the Pueblo Revival Style of architecture. 

Today, the Inn has returned to some of its earliest farming and commercial roots. It operates a thriving lavender spa product business, a working organic farm, and a variety of cultural programs such as field sketching and botanical painting. These programs bring the community together and showcase the values of traditional agriculture as well as preservation. Los Poblanos has made part of its mission to preserve and maintain its architecture, gardens, and open farmland.

“Los Poblanos is a true gem for the community and for visitors from across the globe,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “Its natural beauty and comfort–combined with its fascinating history and character –make it one of the most magnificent historic properties in the Southwest.”

The award will be presented to the Rembe family, the stewards of Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Farm, at the Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Awards ceremony in Indianapolis, Ind., on November 1, 2013.

The National Preservation Awards are bestowed on distinguished individuals, nonprofit organizations, public agencies and corporations whose skill and determination have given new meaning to their communities through preservation of our architectural and cultural heritage. These efforts include citizens’ attempts to save and maintain important landmarks; companies and craftsmen whose work restores the richness of the past; the vision of public officials who support preservation projects and legislation in their communities; and educators and journalists who help Americans understand the value of preservation. The winners of the National Preservation Awards will appear online at www.PreservationNation.org/awards.


The 2013 National Preservation Award Winners: 

Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award: Richard Moe, Washington, D.C. 

National Trust/Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Award for Federal Partnerships in Historic Preservation:  Presidio Public Health Service District, San Francisco, Calif.

The American Express Aspire Award: Recognizing Emerging Leaders in Historic Preservation: Alison King, Phoenix, Ariz.    

Peter H. Brink Award for Individual Achievement in Historic Preservation: Don Worth – Friends of Miami Marine Stadium, Miami, Fl. 

National Trust/HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation: Riverside Plaza, Minneapolis, Minn.

Trustees’ Award for Organizational Excellence: Cleveland Restoration Society, Cleveland, Ohio.   

The Tony Goldman Award: The Maritime, New Orleans, LA.

Trustees Emeritus Award for Excellence in the Stewardship of Historic Sites: Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM.



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The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places. PreservationNation.org, @SavingPlaces