New Mexico New Deal Sites June 2019 - Photo #238 - Las Vegas: Highlands University Rogers Hall

Las Vegas NM 24 June 2019: New Mexico Highlands University Rogers Hall: "Designed by John Gaw Meem and constructed by the WPA, Rogers Hall was completed in 1937. The wall bases of the Spanish Colonial Revival building are of rusticated ashlar sandstone capped with a finished molding; the upper walls are of stuccoed brick and framed by sandstone quoins and a frieze below the eaves. Stone scroll brackets join the overhanging eaves and the walls; the sloped roof is covered with clay tiles. The walls of the main staircase and the second floor foyer are covered with murals by Lloyd Moylan. Originally built as a library, Rogers Hall now serves as the administration building of New Mexico Highland University."[1] In June 2019, the building was being renovated.
  1. Kathryn A. Flynn, ed., Treasures on New Mexico Trails: Discovery of New Deal Art and Architecture, New Mexico State Historic Preservation Division (1995), p.61.
  2. Las Vegas New Mexico USA, undated booklet published by the City of Las Vegas, p.40: "Rogers Hall, 803 National Avenue (Built 1936-37), Rogers Hall was an important Works Project Administration ("WPA") project and one of the leading examples of Spanish Mission Revival architecture in New Mexico. It was designed by John Gaw Meem, a noted New Mexico architect, and was officially project number 2404R of the Federal Emergency Administration of [Public] Works. Meem's design is characterized by a Beaux Arts inclination for symmetry and proportion: the arched, deeply recessed main entrance is topped by a central cartouche panel and wrought iron balcony ... Inside, the main staircase walls are covered with a Social Realist mural by Santa Fe artist Lloyd Moylan. Typical of public art at the time, the images depict cultural pluralism, regionalism and land, education, industry, and futuristic view of science." The same pamphlet mentions that Kennedy Hall was built in 1940 but does not mention who funded or built it.