Coronado School (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

Coronado School (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
Coronado School
Location: 601 4th St. SW, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Area: 2 acres[2]
Built: 1937
Architect: Louis Hesselden
Architectural style: Territorial[3]
Governing body: Albuquerque Public Schools
NRHP Reference#: 96001383[1]
Added to NRHP: November 22, 1996

Coronado School is a historic elementary school in the Barelas neighborhood of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Built in 1936–37 as a Public Works Administration project, it is the city's third-oldest operating elementary school.[3] Coronado School was added to the New Mexico State Register of Cultural Properties[4] and the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.[1]


The school was built by the PWA at a cost of $125,000 and opened in 1937.[5] It was designed by Louis G. Hesselden, who was the architect for Albuquerque Public Schools at the time.[6] Coronado operated as an elementary school until 1975, when it was converted to administrative use.

In 2006, with Downtown Albuquerque experiencing a resurgence and existing inner-city schools becoming crowded, APS began exploring the possibility of reopening Coronado. After securing funding for this purpose, the district embarked on an $8.3 million project to return the school to service. This included restoring the main building to its original appearance and making it ADA-compliant, as well as adding a new gym, cafeteria, library, media center, and playground.[5] Coronado Elementary officially reopened for the 2009–10 school year on August 24, 2009.[7]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ Schoellkopf, Andrea (April 24, 2007). "Old and New - Coronado Elementary Could Help Ease Crowding". Albuquerque Journal (NM). 
  3. ^ a b Schoellkopf, Andrea (September 1, 2006). "APS Considers Reopening Coronado". Albuquerque Journal (NM): p. A1. 
  4. ^ "Properties by County". New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Schoellkopf, Andrea (June 9, 2009). "Hallowed halls". Albuquerque Journal (NM): p. B1. 
  6. ^ "Coronado Elementary School". Cherry/See/Reames Architects. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  7. ^ Schoellkopf, Andrea (July 25, 2009). "Four Schools To Delay Opening". Albuquerque Journal (NM): p. A1. 

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