Light Fixtures from The Kimo, the MetroABQ's Famous Pueblo Deco Theater

Light Fixtures from The Kimo, the MetroABQ's Famous Pueblo Deco Theater
by Chris Lucas

During a tour of the Kimo Theater recently, we were struck by how many varied wall sconces & light fixtures featured throughout the almost-100-year-old theater. The designs usually depicted Pueblo people, Pueblo symbols & Pueblo communities in New Mexico. Some of them can be seen below... Read More


412 Placido Martinez Court NE

412 Placido Martinez Court NE
by Chris Lucas

412 Placido Martinez Court NE lives Downtown north of EDo, in a sweet little cul-de-sac. Below is the 3-D Walking Tour for the two-story main house, & a 3-D Tour of the backyard studio space. Read More


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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MetroABQ Mural Maps: Searchable Street Art Through MurosABQ & Mural Fest

MetroABQ Mural Maps: Searchable Street Art Through MurosABQ & Mural Fest
by Chris Lucas

The MetroABQ has a great supply of art & artists. They can be found in the galleries, of course, often regulated during monthly ARTScrawl & First Friday art events. However, some of the best art can be found outside, as geometric fractals created by school-age children, & especially large-scale building-length mural projects, which have proliferated beautifully in our city lately, like this one on the edge of Uptown.  Read More


El Vado Rehabilitation: The Historic Motel Complex Reimagined

El Vado Rehabilitation: The Historic Motel Complex Reimagined
by Chris Lucas

The El Vado Motel has had an eventful 80+ year history so far...Restaurants, shops, the refurbished motel & public gathering/convention spaces are bringing the historic property into the next 80 years... Read More