|The original drive up to Villa Philmonte, Cimarron, New Mexico|
The Phillips family was very practical in their generosity. They reserved only the right for family members to come back to visit whenever they wanted. And they provided endowments for less-advantaged youth to come to Philmont and for the upkeep of the Villa so that the BSA would not be stuck with an expensive relic they could not maintain.
Let's start on the outside walkways. There are custom-designed tiles representing the family interspersed throughout the otherwise red tiles - livestock, game animals, Cowboys, Indian, New Mexicans, even the architect got one in for himself. Waite wanted a "W" for his personal brand, but the brand inspector informed that it had already been taken. Being the practical guy he was, he simply chose a "double U" with a bar.
The breezeway between the Villa and the Guest House is full of flowers and frog fountains.
|Villa front and to the left, Guest House to the right. Philmont "Guests" are able to stay there.|
My wife has been faculty for eight years, a few more and she may get the invite. I'll be with her.
|Villa Philmonte Guest House|
But we first go into the breakfast nook where the ranch brands and symbols are frescoes on the wall.
Somehow I missed snapping away in the Dining Room which is still in the Continental Spanish style with dark woods and portraits of the Beaubiens.
On the landing of the Grand Staircase is this painted window. The painting is between two panes so it stays preserved. We're back to Western motif and the Santa Fe Trail.
Upstairs is one of my obvious favorites, the library with it's post-construction round window looking at Picture Rock and Cimaroncito. The round (Hobbit?) window has magnification properties to make the mountains look closer.
|The trees were smaller in the 20s & 30s and probably didn't block the view.|
The tour then goes downstairs to the most fascinating rooms of all. This is the entrance off the vehicle courtyard, not the original entrance, but ended up being the best way into the Villa. First the New Mexico Room.
This room, and the rest of the Villa, are full of priceless, Southwestern Indian and New Mexican or Spanish art. I need my friendly expert to jump in here to help identify.
To end the tour, we go to everybody's favorite, the ultimate "man-cave" or Trophy Room.