New History To Explore In Cold War-Era Hotel Room Re-Creation At Fuller Lodge

The Zia Room at Fuller Lodge/Photo Courtesy Los Alamos Historical Society


There’s a new re-created room to explore upstairs in Fuller Lodge—and a giveaway to take you back in time! The Zia Room is now open for you to explore as a historic recreation of a Cold War-era hotel room. Visit before June 6 and you can enter to win a 1950s-themed basket of (new!) fun gifts and items originally from the ‘50s. The winner will be announced in a drawing during Chamberfest on June 7.

The Zia Room is directly at the top of the stairs to the second floor in Fuller Lodge, next door to the room recreating a 1930s Los Alamos Ranch School master’s bedroom. The new historic re-creation in the Zia Room captures the spirit of a guest room at The Lodge, the Cold War-era hotel run in Fuller Lodge. The Lodge, like the town of Los Alamos, was owned by the Atomic Energy Commission. The hotel operated from 1947 through 1966. The Ranch School bedroom also has some new historic photos and information, and both rooms are elevator accessible.

The Lodge was the only hotel in government-operated Los Alamos. In the new recreated room, visitors will get a sense of what a guest room in the hotel was like, with period furniture and replicas of historic artifacts from the Los Alamos Historical Society Archive and Collections. In addition to guest rooms, The Lodge offered Cold War visitors a barbershop, restaurant, cocktail lounge, and a small banquet hall. Booking for a single room in 1949 was $7 per night (approximately $75 today); a double was $9.50 (roughly $100 today).

The new historic room was created by a partnership between the Los Alamos Historical Society, Los Alamos MainStreet, Los Alamos County, and the National Park Service Heritage Partnerships Program. We also want to thank the many community members who have given us feedback and suggestions at past public events!

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