If walls could speak… Legend tells that the fountain’s location originally housed the central well for all of Santa Fe. When Mary Jane Colter designed the interior of La Fonda in the early 1920s, she diligently pursued the installation of a central fountain on the patio, surrounded by a low masonry bench clad in Spanish-Moorish tiles. This was in keeping with her vision that La Fonda express “a true New Mexican and Spanish atmosphere, and at the same time embody all of the comforts which tourists from the east demand.”
In time, a courtyard open to the elements ceased to embody the idea of comfort, and the patio was covered in the 1970s under the ownership of Sam Ballen. The fountain was capped and a floor added. When new flagstone flooring was installed some years later, all evidence of the fountain vanished until architect Barbara Felix was charged with renovating La Plazuela in 2009. To her surprise, workmen unearthed pieces of the original tile underneath the chiseled stones! The fountain was recreated, allowing the music of falling water to again sound and revive the unique atmosphere of La Plazuela.