MetroABQ Newsletter -- February

MetroABQ Newsletter -- February
by Chris Lucas

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The KiMo Theater Tour Balcony Scene

The KiMo Theater Tour Balcony Scene
by Chris Lucas

I was fortunate one afternoon to be part of a tour guided by KiMo Manager Larry Parker, who was very gregarious & entertaining, & provided a wealth of knowledge about the historic building. Above is the stage & below Larry Parker is talking, the balcony is below that & the historic Bachechi plaque is last.

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The Kimo Theater: The MetroABQ's Famous Pueblo Deco Theater

The Kimo Theater: The MetroABQ's Famous Pueblo Deco Theater
by Chris Lucas

The Kimo Theater is arguably the most colorful & the most architecturally interesting building in the MetroABQ. Found on Route 66 downtown between 4th & 5th Sts, you can't help but be drawn to the protruding ornaments, considerable tilework & intricate wall murals that adorn the Central Ave façade. Those three elements are integral to classic Pueblo Deco architecture, which is a mix of Pueblo Revival & Art Deco styles--a uniquely Southwestern creation.

Or, as the Kimo describes it, the KiMo opened in 1927 as a "Pueblo-Deco picture palace & vaudeville theatre. Pueblo-Deco was a flamboyant, short-lived architectural style that fused the spirit of southwest Native American cultures with art moderne elements, popular during the 1920's-1930's."The interior included plaster ceiling beams to mimic actual wood vigas, colorful Indian symbols, air vents disguised as hanging Navajo Rugs, war-drums, Native American death canoe chandeliers, wrought iron Sandhill Crane railings, shields & buffalo skulls with red glowing eyes."

I was fortunate one afternoon to be part of a guided tour through the Kimo. Some images of the exterior & inside entrance are below.


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Wellesley Architectural Walk Map

Wellesley Architectural Walk Map
by Chris Lucas

Wellesley Architectural Walk: From Hyder Park north along Wellesley Drive SE to Route 66...

In the MetroABQ's SE Heights & Nob Hill neighborhoods, Albuquerque NM. 

3 parks/greenspaces. Read More


MetroABQ Art Deco Indian Health Services Building

MetroABQ Art Deco Indian Health Services Building
by Chris Lucas

The MetroABQ’s Indian Public Health Service Hospital is an excellent Art Deco building, hidden in plain sight along Lomas Blvd, east of UNM Hospital. The view, above, is from across Johnson Field on the UNM Campus. Read More