Architectural Feature: El Vado

2019 NMAF Award Winner For important historic buildings or sites that have had a lasting effect in bringing together our community. The El Vado Motor Court was built in 1937 to cater to visitors traveling through Albuquerque on Route 66. The motel, designed in the Spanish Revival style, housed 32 motel units with adjoining carports…

Architectural Feature: Historic Albuquerque High School Lofts

2018 NMAF Award Winner For important historic buildings or sites that have had a lasting effect in bringing together our community. The redevelopment of historic Albuquerque High School marks the beginning of revitalization efforts in downtown Albuquerque. The project inserts a quality mixed-use urban development into the pre-existing urban fabric where residents can live, work, shop,…

Architectural Feature: The Fechin House

2018 NMAF Award Winner For important historic buildings or sites that have had a lasting effect in bringing together our community. Nicolai Fechin, a famous Russian painter, immigrated to the United States in 1923, escaping from the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. In 1926, he found his way to Taos where, in 1927, he purchased…

Architectural Feature: La Hacienda de los Martinez

2017 NMAF Award Winner For important historic buildings or sites that have had a lasting effect in bringing together our community. This is a rare authentic and original structure from the Spanish Colonial period that figured prominently in the history of the Taos Valley and New Mexico in general and continues to celebrate the community’s early…