Remarkable Women of Taos
Palacio de Marquesa pays tribute to the stories of the remarkable women of Taos. The spirit, drive, innovation, and contributions of these extraordinary women are represented in each of the hotel’s rooms, through timeless design and refined sophistication. All rooms feature classical details and a refined color palette of silver and ivory with a pop of color accents. Furnishings and decor feature elements of brushed nickel, distressed leather and canopy beds. When you stay in one of our beautiful guestrooms, you can enjoy complimentary breakfast – for up to two adults – either delivered to your room or served in our great room.
Martha Reed: Fashion designer extraordinaire
THE DIVA ROOM — MARTHA REED
Martha Reed was a fixture in the Taos community. From the time she moved to Taos in 1953 to her death in 2010, she typified the fashionista designer and diva. She popularized the Navajo (Dine) fashion of broomstick skirts and velvet shirts with silver button covers, now known the world-over as Taos style. This Southwestern fashion style is defined by timeless elegance based on the legacy of ancient designs and the independent spirit prominent in Taos residents. Martha was the founder and owner of the fashion store Martha of Taos, from which she dressed clients world-wide, including the Wurlitzer Family, Mabel Dodge Luhan, Dorothy Brett, Lord and Lady Escher, Greer Garson, the Duke and Duchess of Albuquerque, Ann Miller, Clu Gulager, Jeanne Kennedy Smith, President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter, and Dennis Hopper and Daria Halprin.
Those who knew Martha well celebrated her as a true diva, enjoying her parties and distinctive fashion flair. Martha was the daughter of Doel Reed, who established the Department of Art of Oklahoma State University (Martha's alma mater), and whose prints and paintings may be found in collections of the Carnegie Institute, the Library of Congress, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Seattle Art Museum, La Biblioteque Nationale, and the Victoria and Albert.
Upon her death, Martha donated her residence to Oklahoma State University; it was renamed Doel Reed Center for the Arts in honor of her father’s legacy. Today the center offers OSU art courses and serves as a residence and retreat for visiting artists to the High Road to Taos and Northern New Mexico. Link to Virtual Tour below.
Georgia O’Keeffe: celebrated painter
THE ICON ROOM — GEORGIA O’KEEFFE
No female artist is more closely associated with the Southwest than Georgia O’Keeffe. Known as the Mother of American Modernism, museums around the globe exhibit her work. In 1929, on her first visit to New Mexico, Mabel Dodge Luhan provided O'Keeffe with housing and studios in Taos; she soon moved permanently to New Mexico. Many of her most famous paintings are from her time in Taos including The Lawrence Tree painted at the D.H. Lawrence Ranch. Her work was deeply inspired by the landscape, architecture and atmosphere of northern New Mexico. Her paintings of New Mexico are some of the modern art world's most iconic and often serve as a first introduction to the Southwest for many admirers of the artist and the Southwest. Link to Virtual Tour below.
Gene Kloss: renowned printmaker
THE ILLUMINATOR ROOM - GENE KLOSS
From the first time Gene Kloss visited Taos on her honeymoon in 1925, she considered herself a New Mexico native. Kloss is known as an artistic translator and interpreter of the Southwest. She had many friends throughout the town and Pueblo of Taos. Many of her prints reflect Taos Pueblo ceremonies she witnessed there. Kloss was also an innovator. She developed new printmaking methods to get the exact effect she wanted regarding lighting contrast. Kloss' dedication is one of the reasons she is considered one of the major printmakers of the 20th Century. Her work graces collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Smithsonian Institution, The Carnegie Institute, The San Francisco Museum of Art, The Library of Congress and The National Academy of Design. She was the first American woman printmaker to receive a full membership in the National Academy of Design. Link to Virtual Tour below.
Mabel Dodge Luhan: author and artist patron
THE MATRIARCH SUITE — MABEL DODGE LUHAN
A writer, social activist, and arts aficionado, Mabel Dodge Luhan was a Taos institution. She is celebrated for her key role in building artistic communities, supporting artists and generating interest in modern art forms, in addition to her own artistic accomplishments. She was responsible for enticing many of the most prominent artists and thinkers to Taos including D. H. Lawrence, Aldous Huxley, Willa Cather, Martha Graham, Ansel Adams, Carl Jung, Georgia O’Keeffe and many others. For these artists, and many others, her Taos home was both a spiritual oasis and retreat.
Today, visitors can visit and attend artist workshops at the Mable Dodge Luhan house, which is a national historic landmark in Taos. Guests can also read several of Luhan’s writings including “Winter in Taos,” “Intimate Memories,” and “Lorenzo in Taos.” Click here to hear a podcast from Mark J. Gordon on ‘Awakening in Taos’: On Mabel Dodge Luhan and American Modernism. The Matriarch Suite is the largest of the Taos suites in our luxury Taos hotel. It features a private, walled backyard patio. Beautiful beamed ceilings and wooden floors give the room a cozy Taos feeling. The living room has a large kiva-style fireplace and a motorized, operable skylight. Link to Virtual Tour below.
Agnes Martin: prominent abstract expressionist painter
THE MODERNIST ROOM — AGNES MARTIN
One of the great painters of the Abstract Expressionist period, Agnes Martin was one of the most prominent of Taos' many famed artists. Her painting style reflected her quiet and tranquil life in Taos. Her signature style is defined by an emphasis on line, grids, and fields of extremely subtle color. Her artwork is held in prized collections at many museums around the world including the Whitney Museum in New York, the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Martin's life was marked by many notable achievements. She was named one of the “100 Women of Achievement” in 1967 by Harper’s Bazaar. She was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, was awarded a National Medal of Arts from the National Endowment for the Arts, and received the Golden Lion at the 1997 Venice Biennale.
Taos visitors are encouraged to view her work at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, which features seven of her paintings in the Agnes Martin Gallery, built especially to display her work. The Modernist luxury guest room of our unique Taos hotel features a kiva-style fireplace and a viga wood ceiling, while still offering visitors the best in contemporary design. The room poetically stands aside a 100+ year old willow tree. Link to Virtual Tour below.
Dorothy Brett: visionary painter
THE ROMANTIC ROOM - DOROTHY BRETT
British-born Dorothy Brett spent her formative years amongst London's aristocracy. She associated with such notables as Virgina Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, Aldous Huxley, Gilbert Cannan, and fellow painter Dora Carrington. She first visited Taos on an invitation from Mabel Dodge Luhan, and then returned when D.H. Lawrence recruited friends to Taos to create a utopian society. Dorothy became friends with many residents at Taos Pueblo and was honored to witness several ceremonies. Dorothy’s paintings often depict her interpretation of the spirituality woven into daily life at Taos Pueblo. There is a richness and depth to Dorothy’s paintings that reflect the essential nature of the Taos landscape and the essence of its inhabitants. Link to Virtual Tour below.
Millicent Rogers: fashion icon, jewelry designer and art collector
THE SOCIALITE SUITE I — MILLICENT ROGERS
The “Standard Oil Heiress,” Millicent Rogers was a prominent New York socialite. She arrived in Taos in 1947 with a broken heart following the demise of her relationship with Clark Gable. The scenic beauty and Native American culture in Taos served to inspire Rogers. Known as a fashion icon, jewelry designer, and art collector, Rogers was captivated by the intricate detailing of Native American jewelry. She became a prominent collector, and an advocate and proponent of American Indian rights. She successfully lobbied Washington D.C. for Native American art to be classified as historic and, therefore, protected. Millicent gifted Taos with a strong legacy of art, design, and craftsmanship. Guests are encouraged to view a large collection of artwork at the Millicent Rogers Museum. Link to Virtual Tour below.
Millicent Rogers: fashion icon, jewelry designer and art collector
THE SOCIALITE SUITE II — MILLICENT ROGERS
The “Standard Oil Heiress,” Millicent Rogers was a prominent New York socialite. She arrived in Taos in 1947 with a broken heart following the demise of her relationship with Clark Gable. The scenic beauty and Native American culture in Taos served to inspire Rogers. Known as a fashion icon, jewelry designer, and art collector, Rogers was captivated by the intricate detailing of Native American jewelry. She became a prominent collector, and an advocate and proponent of American Indian rights. She successfully lobbied Washington D.C. for Native American art to be classified as historic and, therefore, protected. Millicent gifted Taos with a strong legacy of art, design, and craftsmanship. Guests of our hotel in Taos, NM are encouraged to view a large collection of artwork at the Millicent Rogers Museum. Link to Virtual Tour below.
Palacio offers guests the opportunity to rent the entire Inn for special occasions such as intimate weddings, family reunions, and retreats. Guests will be able to enjoy all eight guestrooms; our 2,900 sq. ft. of gardens and patios; our bright, open community room of roughly 675 sq. ft., with its grand fireplaces, beautiful viga ceiling, and tile flooring; and our main house, comprised of a 387-sq. ft. of living space with elegant, comfortable and moveable furniture as well as a 288-sq. ft. of dining area complete with a large conference table.