Photo of the Week: Santa Fe’s Lew Wallace Building

Santa Fe's Lew Wallace building

Santa Fe's Lew Wallace building, photo/Steve Collins

Our Photo of the Week is of Santa Fe’s historic Lew Wallace Building, part of the New Mexico State Office Building Complex. It was chosen in honor of  New Mexico’s Statehood Centennial. It became a state at approximately 11:35am MST on January 6, 2019.

The Wallace building sits on Old Santa Fe Trail just north of Paseo de Peralta. It was built in 1887, as a dormitory for El Colegio de San Miguel, a boys school started  in 1859 by four members of the Christian Brothers order. Brothers Hilarien, Gondulph, Geramius and Galmier Joseph, undertook the arduous journey to Santa Fe at Bishop Lamy’s invitation. The school, now known as St. Michael’s High School, moved to its current home on Siringo Road in 1967.

The building was acquired by the State of New Mexico and named for Lew Wallace (best known as the author of Ben Hur), Governor of the Territory of New Mexico from 1878 to 1881. This building is but part of New Mexico’s rich history.

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One Response to “Photo of the Week: Santa Fe’s Lew Wallace Building”

  1. Charles Higgins
    January 7, 2019 at 8:23 pm #

    Thanks for this bit of rich NM history..Cheers..

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