MONTEZUMA CASTLE, UWC – USA

Location: Las Vegas NM

90,000 sf

Owner: Armand Hammer United World College of the American West (UWC-USA)

Northwest of the city of Las Vegas, New Mexico in 1886, the current castle is actually the third on the site, the first two (dating to 1881 and 1885) were the first buildings in New Mexico to have electric lighting, and they both burned down. The castle was constructed by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad as a luxury hotel, capitalizing on the natural hot springs on the site.

Since 1972, the 400 room Queen Anne-style hotel building sat empty and was subject to significant vandalism and decay.

The Montezuma Castle, now the Davis International Center, houses student and faculty residences, classrooms, seminar rooms, and offices, in addition to the student center, college dining facility, and the Bartos Institute for the Constructive Engagement of Conflict.

UWC-USA, a United World College founded in 1982 by industrialist and philanthropist Armand Hammer,  is a two-year, independent, co-educational boarding school with about 228 students representing 70-80 countries at any time.