Bottger Mansion History
Charles Bottger was born in New York City and his family owned a market in Rutherford, New Jersey. He arrived in Albuquerque around 1893 and worked for Tom Post, who owned the Sunnyside Tavern. The tavern was located across the street on land which is now the Plaza Vieja parking lot. After the death of Tom Post, Charles Bottger married Mr. Post’s stepdaughter, Miguela, and acquired the Bottger property. They demolished the original hacienda in 1909 to make room for the new Bottger Mansion in 1912.
A highly innovative man, Charles Bottger wanted his new home to contain the most modern conveniences. Designed by local architect Edward Buxton Cristy, the house was the first residence in Old Town Albuquerque to have gas lighting. There were speaking tubes to each room, pressed-tin ceilings in the three main rooms, and a dumbwaiter to the upper floor.
The Bottger Mansion is one of few homes in Albuquerque to have a basement. There is only one fireplace in the entire Mansion, located in the living room. Both the coal-fired central heater and the coal cellar were located in the basement. Locals referred to the Bottger Mansion as the “Pride of Old Town.” In the mid-1930s, a Bottger grandson, George Gallegos, painted a mural of New Mexico mountains around the upper wall of the Cristy room.
Charles Bottger died in 1914. As the Bottger family fortunes declined, Miguela began to take in boarders for additional income.
In the 1940s, the FBI was hunting Machine Gun Kelly. Kelly, his girlfriend, and his gang checked into the Bottger under assumed names. They had dyed their hair and purchased new clothes to conceal their identities. The owners became suspicious when they noticed that the group always sent a neighborhood boy out to purchase their meals and they notified the police. One of the gang members overheard them and the group fled before the law arrived. However, the cops caught up with them shortly thereafter.
In 1956, a young Elvis Presley performed two shows in Albuquerque and stayed at the Bottger. In the late 1950s, a prominent Italian family rented the Bottger for a large wedding. Frank Sinatra, a member of the wedding party, performed in the courtyard after dinner.
Becoming a B & B
The family gradually sold off pieces of the property and donated land for the San Felipe School. They abandoned the Bottger Mansion for several years around 1970 due to a family dispute related to inheritance. Later, the family sold it. Subsequent owners enclosed the front porch and the property served several commercial enterprises, including an art gallery, restaurant, and beauty parlor, before becoming a bed and breakfast in 1989.
The Bottger Mansion remains virtually in its original form, one of the few properties in the area to escape Pueblo Revival renovation. Located on Historic Route 66, the Bottger Mansion is on the National Register of Historic Places and is the only lodging accommodation in the Old Town Historic District. Read more about the history of Old Town here.
The Bottger of Old Town Bed & Breakfast
The Bottger Mansion of Old Town Bed & Breakfast is centrally located in Old Town on historic Route 66 in the historic heart of Albuquerque. Leave your car parked and walk to shops, restaurants, museums and galleries. Dive into Albuquerque’s astounding outdoor activities, from mountain biking to hiking and kayaking on the Rio Grande, hot air ballooning and birding.
The innkeepers have an extraordinary amount of local knowledge about Albuquerque and the surrounding area. They can provide suggestions for restaurants, outdoor activities, sightseeing, entertainment, tours and attractions. The mansion features seven guest rooms, all with ample amenities like private bathrooms, free WiFi, air conditioning, microfiber robes, cable TV, comfortable linens, and complimentary snacks and beverages.
Start your adventure each day with their fabulous breakfast of fresh fruit with house-made sorbet, freshly baked scones, biscuits or muffins, entrees using local spices and ingredients you won’t find anywhere else, house-blended juices, locally roasted coffee, and much more. Arrive with a healthy appetite, because they serve guests a two-course breakfast, starting with freshly brewed coffee from a local roaster. Menus change daily, and made-to-order hot cereal is available as an option to the plated entrée. The innkeepers are happy to accommodate special dietary requests with advance notice.
110 San Felipe St NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104