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

How you and the Czech Route 66 Association can get your kicks

On May 24, 25 members of the Czech Route 66 Association rolled into Albuquerque as they filmed a documentary during a full-length drive of Route 66, which most certainly included many of New Mexico’s architectural landmarks. Members of the Architectural Foundation and other locals were on hand to share Route 66 insights and send the Czech group … Continue reading How you and the Czech Route 66 Association can get your kicks

Celebrating Historic Preservation Month

Preservation partners across New Mexico recognize May as Heritage Preservation Month with tours, celebrations and special events. The New Mexico Architectural Foundation is pleased to sponsor this year’s Preservation Month poster, which features the Gila Cliff Dwellings in Grant County. During May, the Historic Santa Fe Foundation is hosting an exhibit that celebrates 20 years of the … Continue reading Celebrating Historic Preservation Month

2011 Architectural Tour Revisited: Mid-Century Modern

  As is typical with each New Mexico Architectural Foundation tour, participants gathered on a crisp Saturday morning in late October. In 2011, the focus was Mid-Century Modern Architecture in Albuquerque. The tour was informed by Edna Heatherington Bergman’s thesis, The Fate of Architectural Theory in Albuquerque, New Mexico: Buildings of Four Decades, 1920-1960, which provided … Continue reading 2011 Architectural Tour Revisited: Mid-Century Modern

Preservation of historic Las Cruces homes featured in New Mexico Magazine

This year, the New Mexico Magazine’s annual home and garden issue focused in on four historic Las Cruces properties and their owners’ efforts to preserve their unique legacies. New Mexico’s second-largest city is home to elegant architectural gems steeped in lore and preserved by their stewards’ devotion. The four homes featured: Casa Camino Real
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Spring is here. Time to enjoy a self-guided architectural tour

It’s official. Spring has arrived. What a great reason to get out and enjoy some enchanting sites on foot or bicycle. Driving is an option too! The Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau has assembled a number of handy printable guides that provide insight to the city’s neighborhoods and historic architecture. Consider using these guides to … Continue reading Spring is here. Time to enjoy a self-guided architectural tour

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