The Next Fifty--The Historic La Luz Community Celebrates Half A Century!

The Next Fifty--The Historic La Luz Community Celebrates Half A Century!
by Chris Lucas

Nestled along the Rio Grande Bosque on the MetroABQ's westside sits a community that is a living study of New Urbanist theory. For 50 years, the La Luz community has been celebrating "environmentally friendly habits by creating walkable neighborhoods containing a wide range of housing" types. The 96 townhome community is now looking toward the next fifty years of life. Designed in 1968 by renowned architect Antoine Predock (see the Rio Grande Nature Center in the North Valley, the Aperture Center in Mesa del Sol & hundreds of other lifetime projects), the neighborhood, riverside near Montaño & Coors Blvd, threw a party commemorating the last fifty & celebrating the next fifty.  I was lucky to be at the event, in The Meadow gathering space, seen above & the two images far below. Just below is an image facing the other direction, toward a row of residences on Tennis Court NW... Read More


Beyond the MetroABQ: Salinas Pueblo Mission Ruins

Beyond the MetroABQ: Salinas Pueblo Mission Ruins
by Chris Lucas

Near Mountainair, New Mexico, sits some of the coolest ruins in the country. The Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument consists of three Spanish Missions amid numerous Pueblo Ruins: Gran Quivira, Abo Ruins & Quarai Mission. Read More


Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Farm: Art & Architecture Tour

Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Farm: Art & Architecture Tour
by Chris Lucas

I learned two new concepts along the way at Los Poblanos: what a Coping is & all about Zaguan Doors...A coping is a cap or covering of a wall, like the brick that caps the top of Meem Territorial building, seen below & here. They may consist of stone (capstone), brick, tile, slate, metal or wood. A Zaguan Door is a door-within-a-door--a large, often decorated grande entry door to a hacienda courtyard, with a more functional human-sized door carved out of it. The larger door can be opened for horses or carts to be brought inside. A good example from Los Poblanos can be seen in the two images below, one from the outside & another image from inside the hacienda-style courtyard.
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Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Farm

Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Farm
by Chris Lucas

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New Nob Hill Neighborhoods Visitors Center

New Nob Hill Neighborhoods Visitors Center
by Chris Lucas

Now it's easier to find your way...The Nob Hill Visitors Center is a New Year's addition to one of the most walkable areas of the city. Located on Central Ave & Tulane St in the recently remodeled Re/Max Select real estate building (3401 Central Av NE) & next door to Il Vicino pizzeria, the Visitors Center is focused on becoming a useful neighborhood meeting place, & especially helpful for visitors. Read More


Welcome to a Downtown Adobe: 3-D Walking Tour for 1207 12th St NW

Welcome to a Downtown Adobe: 3-D Walking Tour for 1207 12th St NW
by Chris Lucas

Welcome to Downtown: 3-D Tour for adobe-built 1207 12th St NW. Read More


Old Town Oasis: 3-D Tour for 620 16th St NW

Old Town Oasis: 3-D Tour for 620 16th St NW
by Chris Lucas

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Los Ranchos de ABQ Garden Tour -- Architecture Images

Los Ranchos de ABQ Garden Tour -- Architecture Images
by Chris Lucas

The above garden & the trumpet vine garden below, surround a remarkable Spanish Pueblo Revival adobe home, complete with a latilla-covered portale & an elevated veranda, among other classic Spanish Pueblo Revival features. Read More


Welcome to Architect Antoine Predock’s La Luz Neighborhood

Welcome to Architect Antoine Predock’s La Luz Neighborhood
by Chris Lucas

 Begun in 1967, Antoine Predock envisioned, “On a semi-arid mesa above the west side of the Rio Grande bosque, a close-knit community of townhouses creates intimate private realms while conserving open areas for common recreation …The earth-bound houses face either private cul-de-sac streets or pedestrian courts. Glass walls aim east at mountain and city views.” –predock.com   Read More