Heritage Hotels & Resorts Supporting Cultural CausesWhen you stay at Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces, you make a difference. For more than a decade Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces, a Heritage Hotel & Resort has promoted cultural and artistic ventures by featuring regionally inspired design, custom artwork, décor and cuisine. We also sponsor cultural programs and events, are actively involved in our communities, and support various organizations, non-profits and scholarship programs.
During 2012 we will expand our commitment to the cultural heritage of our community by donating a portion of every room night's revenue to the Friends of the Taylor Family Monument. The Friends group is a registered nonprofit organization that supports the Taylor-Barela-Reynolds-Mesilla State Monument (TBRM). Our donations will help the Friends develop innovative educational programs for elementary school children, conduct oral histories, and prepare video presentations about Mesilla plaza. Underwriting these projects clearly illustrates the commitment of Heritage Hotels and Resorts to expand opportunities for public appreciation and enjoyment of our cultural heritage.
Should they so desire, guests may directly contribute an additional amount to support work by the Friends on behalf of TBRM.
About New Mexico State Monuments & the new Taylor-Barela-Reynolds-Mesilla State Monument -The New Mexico State Monument system was established on March 14, 1931 by an Act for the Preservation of the Scientific Resources of New Mexico, H.B. No. 124. Section 2 of the Act authorized the Commissioner of the State Land Office, on the recommendation of the Science Commission and with the approval of the Commissioner of Public Lands to declare state monuments. Six monuments are open to public: Coronado, Fort Selden, Jemez, Lincoln, Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner, and El Camino Real International Heritage Center.
Located on the historic Mesilla Plaza, the Taylor-Barela-Reynolds-Mesilla State Monument (TBRM) consists of two stores connected by a covered passageway that leads to a large home in the rear. This combination of business and domestic uses was a fairly common practice in nineteenth-century New Mexico.
In 2003, then state legislator J. Paul Taylor and his late wife Mary, and their family donated the property to the Museum of New Mexico as a State Monument. In February 2004, under the authority of the Cultural Properties Act, Section 18-6-6 NMSA 1978, the property was set aside for public use and declared a state monument to be known as the Taylor-Barela-Reynolds-Mesilla State Monument (TBRM). The official dedication of the Monument took place in September 2006.
Inside the classic adobe architecture of their home, J. Paul and Mary Taylor used and displayed an extraordinary collection of Spanish Colonial, Mexican, and New Mexican artwork. This collection, along with furniture, rugs, pottery, and textiles from all over the world, has been donated as part of the Monument. The monument provides an exceptional setting for visitors to understand and appreciate the history, culture, and architecture of Mesilla and the Borderland.
The importance of the property was recognized for many years prior to its establishment as a State Monument. In 1962, the three buildings were listed as "contributing" to the Mesilla Plaza National Historic Landmark designation, the highest designation for a historic property in the United States. The buildings were listed as the Barela-Reynolds property, in the State Register of Cultural Properties (1972) and the National Register of Historic Places (1978).
Because Mr. Taylor still lives in the home, the monument is not open to the public at this time. However, in conjunction with Friends of the Taylor Family Monument, Mr. Taylor does host tours, special events, and school programs on a limited basis. For details please see www.ftfm-mesillia-nm.org
Friends of the Taylor Family Monument is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization that was formed in 2010 for the purpose of supporting the preservation and interpretation of TBRM.
Learn more about the Taylor Barela Reynolds Monument: www.ftfm-mesillia-nm.org
We at Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces and Heritage Hotels & Resorts believe the preservation of our unique New Mexican cultural heritage is important now and for future generations and hope to share our inspiring traditions to enchant new visitors and old friends. Thank you for helping us in accomplishing this.
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