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 … Continue reading Architectural Feature: The Historic Batten House

What is your favorite “green” building in New Mexico?

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, “green building” (also known as sustainable or high performance building) is the practice of increasing the efficiency with which buildings and their sites use and harvest energy, water, and materials. Those who use green building techniques also strive to protect and restore human health and the environment, throughout … Continue reading What is your favorite “green” building in New Mexico?

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 … Continue reading Architectural Feature: Zimmerman Library

Architectural Feature: Erna Fergusson Branch Library

The original Erna Fergusson Branch Library on this site contained 7,000 gross square feet. The replacement facility required more than twice that amount of space on the same, tight site. Parking is shared with the Palo Duro Senior Citizens Center to the east and with other functions in Montgomery Park. A seldom used parking area … Continue reading Architectural Feature: Erna Fergusson Branch Library

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 … Continue reading Architectural Feature: Alamosa Multi-Service Center

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 … Continue reading Architectural Feature: Albuquerque BioPark