Architectural Feature: The Robb House

“The process of entering the house … should be a continuing and developing experience in space and in view, almost processional in character,” wrote architect Don Schlegel FAIA of his design of the Robb House. Located in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, the Robb House was the site of the Foundation’s 2015 Annual Meeting on May…

Architectural Feature: Central & Unser ABC Library

The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library (ABC Library) system welcomed its newest branch on April 18, 2015 to the city’s Westside. Located near the intersection of Central Ave. and Unser Blvd. NW, the 25,000-square-foot building brings library services to previously under-served neighborhoods. The new library was designed to be Albuquerque’s Westside “living room” – a warm and…

Architectural Feature: Levitated Toy Factory

At first this 6,000 square foot 1950s era building in Downtown Albuquerque seemed an unlikely candidate for adaptive reuse by a company called the Levitated Toy Factory, but now it is a place for digital exploration, education, and the fabrication of the next generation of toys. “The project intent and challenge was to bring spiritual…

UNM Historic Preservation Committee receives award for integrating preservation in master plan

During the 42nd annual Heritage Preservation Awards Ceremony held in May, the University of New Mexico Historic Preservation Committee (HPC) received an award from the state’s Cultural Properties Review Committee for work with the Getty Campus Heritage Grant Program. The grant provided $120,000 to preserve UNM’s historic resources and to develop a plan to integrate preservation into…

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…

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…