Often called Pueblo Style, Spanish Pueblo Revival is a unique style specific to New Mexico and is also seen a little in neighboring states. The building style draws elements from both the Spanish Missions and Pueblo Indian culture, recreating the appearance of traditional adobe construction. Above is a classic Spanish Pueblo Revival in the historic Silver Hills neighborhood.

Built in New Mexico generally between 1925-1950, Spanish Pueblo Revival in its purest form includes numerous common elements: flat roofs, roof drains (canales), parapets, adobe-colored stucco, projecting wooden viga beams, distinctive carved or cut-out wood bracket corbels over wooden porch posts, and exposed wooden beams (lintels) over doors and windows. Parapets are barrier wall extensions, protruding above the roofline. They are used as rooftop guard-rails; in New Mexico they function well as barriers that encourage water to drain down the canales. Above right is a home in Ridgecrest.

You can see examples of these features above. Notice the prominent wooden viga beams projecting from both houses; the canales draining water off the roof–the canale in the left image also shunts water away from the foundation. Above you can see the wooden lintels framing the tops of the doors and windows, and carved wooden corbels as decoration between the wooden beams supporting the covered porch. Notice the open but covered/shaded east- facing front porch, above.

Architectural Spotlight: NM Spanish Pueblo Revival

NM has some notable Spanish Pueblo Revival architects. John Gaw Meem is probably among the most prominent. From Wikipedia: (John Gaw Meem) “is best known for his instrumental role in the development and popularization of the Pueblo Revival style. Meem is regarded as one of the most important and influential architects to have worked in New Mexico.” Although Meem was based in Santa Fe and created numerous icons there–the La Fonda Hotel and Santa Fe County Courthouse for example–Meem also designed dozens of very important buildings in the MetroABQ area, including Los Poblanos in Ranchos de Albuquerque, the ABQ Little Theatre, and the Jonson Home and (now) Gallery near the University. Above are a few photos of the Zimmerman Library, one of numerous building he designed for the UNM campus.