MetroABQ Newsletter -- March: Corrales

MetroABQ Newsletter -- March: Corrales
by Chris Lucas

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Where in the MetroABQ Are You?

Where in the MetroABQ Are You?
by Chris Lucas

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Random Sampling of MetroABQ Public Art: Cherry Hills Library

Random Sampling of MetroABQ Public Art: Cherry Hills Library
by Chris Lucas

The Metro has an extensive public art collection, represented in all quadrants & in some out-of-the-way places. When I know I will have extra time in an area of the city, I check the city's Interactive Public Art Map & seek out interesting public art.   Read More


Random Sampling of Public Art: Solid Waste Dept Gorilla

Random Sampling of Public Art: Solid Waste Dept Gorilla
by Chris Lucas

"Armstrong," is an urban gorilla made from recycled tires & stands sentry in front of the MetroABQ Solid Waste Department on Edith Blvd. Created by artist Sarah Perry & entitled Route 66 Gorilla, Armstrong can be found just south of Comanche Blvd, almost straddling the border between the NE Heights & the North Valley.
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The Little Free Library Movement @ The Downtown Grower’s Market

The Little Free Library Movement @ The Downtown Grower’s Market
by Chris Lucas

Above is a Little Free Library, created in a 100+ year old tree in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Little Free Libraries are proliferating & are not just for kids anymore. I found a great 1990's architecture book in a local Downtown Little Free Library, below, in an out-of-the way place on the edge of the Sawmill District; I will return it--& add a few of my own books--to a different LFL... Read More


Architecture Spotlight: John Gaw Meem's Pueblo Revival Style

Architecture Spotlight: John Gaw Meem's Pueblo Revival Style
by Chris Lucas

los-poblanos-gaw-meemNM 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 (currently) Gallery near the University. Below are a few photos of the Zimmerman Library, one of numerous building he designed for the UNM campus. Read More