Architectural Feature: The Historic Batten House

On May 31, the New Mexico Architectural Foundation hosted its 2014 Annual Meeting at the Batten House in Albuquerque, originally the Juan Cristobal Armijo “New Homestead”.  After the meeting, participants received a guided tour of the property, which is normally not open to the public (benefits of membership!). The historic Juan Cristobal Armijo “New Homestead” and the contents…

Architectural Feature: Hotel Andaluz

Hotel Andaluz is the latest form of the historic Albuquerque Hilton built in 1940. The fourth hotel built by Conrad Hilton, a San Antonio, N.M. native, the old Hilton was renamed and rehabilitated in 2009 by current owner Gary Goodman. In 2011, the Hotel Andaluz rehabilitation received a New Mexico Heritage Preservation Award for Architectural Heritage.…

Architectural Feature: St. Augustine Church

Last year’s Architectural Tour of Isleta Pueblo provided participants with a close-up look and educational lecture by contractor Ed Crocker on the recent renovation of the 400-year-old St. Augustine Church. Under the original name of St. Anthony, the church was established in 1613. It is one of the oldest mission churches in the United States.…

Architectural Feature: Zimmerman Library

In 2013, UNM’s Zimmerman Library celebrated its 75th Anniversary. Referred to as The Campus Heart, the library is known as one of the finest examples of Spanish-Pueblo Revival in the Southwest. Drawing upon his interest in the preservation, restoration, and revival of the local indigenous architecture, Santa Fe architect John Gaw Meem designed various phases…

Architectural Feature: Alamosa Multi-Service Center

The nearly 60,000 square-foot complex provides a broad range of community services to the developing West Central and South Valley areas. Service areas include five health clinics, a branch library, a divisible multi-purpose room, classrooms, a recreation center with full-sized gymnasium and fitness center, and a freestanding child development center. The design organizes the various…

Architectural Feature: Albuquerque BioPark

The Albuquerque Biological Park (or Albuquerque BioPark) is an environmental museum located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It contains four separate facilities: The Albuquerque Aquarium contains a 285,000 gallon ocean tank containing Gulf of Mexico saltwater species from estuaries, surf zone, shallow waters, coral reefs, and ocean. The Rio Grande Botanic Garden is a 36 acre facility…