Downtown Residential Color Palette

Downtown Residential Color Palette
by Chris Lucas

Cool Color Combinations in the Historic Fourth Ward

A sweet couple worked with me to purchase a 100+year-old home Downtown about a year ago, & immediately began sprucing-up & remodeling the place. It was past time to see how it turned out...

The reimagined home, above, lives among many dozens of other 100+/- year-old homes in the exceptionally unique Fourth Ward neighborhood. I love the new, crisp caramel color façade, & the horizontal splash of deep crimson creates a great scene, as if the front porch was an extension of the interior living space.

From there, turn in any direction & again, Downtown impresses--more interesting homes sporting cool color combinations line the streets for blocks. Below is a small color palette sampling from homes a short walk from Mary Fox Park, in northwest Downtown.

A green-&-yellow Bungalow, a blue-&-green Cottage, a red-trimmed Cottage, a grey Tudor-style, & a sky-blue Colonial Revival style home, all sitting within a block of Downtown's Mary Fox Park. There are many dozens of fabulous homes living Downtown.

The interesting blue & white (& red) home immediately above even has a name: it's the R.A.Kistler House at 1301 Fruit Ave NW. The name is familiar to me because of the cool Mid-Century Modern two-level former Kistler-Collister Department Store on the corner of San Mateo & Lomas Blvds.

There's a lot more to be discovered about many of the homes in the historic Fourth Ward. A fantastic guidebook called Historic Houses in the DNA, from the City & MetroABQ's Downtown Neighborhood Associations (DNA), describes the origins of the many Downtown neighborhoods. There's the Fourth Ward, the Eighth Street Forrester area, the one-block Manzano Court cul-de-sac, Leon Watson Adobes on 16th & 17th Street, & features other historic homes situated in the peripherally to these neighborhoods.

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3-D Virtual Walking Tour in Nob Hill: 405 Amherst Drive SE 87106

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by Chris Lucas

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ABQ Garden Center Grounds In Spring

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by Chris Lucas

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ABQ Garden Center Cactus and Succulents

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by Chris Lucas

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ABQ Garden Center Spring Blooms

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by Chris Lucas

The ABQ Garden Center

This is the perfect time for spring garden plantings, especially if you plan to sell your house. It's amazing how a cache of flowers near the front entry will attract the eye & easily enhance the feel of a home. Luckily, for those with & those without a greenthumb, ABQ Garden Center is an excellent place to start.

The Garden Center is the New Mexico playground for over a dozen garden clubs & plant societies, like the NM Orchid Guild, the Uptown Garden Club & the NM Mycological Society. It's a place to display their plants by creating demonstration gardens, organize flower shows, sell some of their interesting garden stock during yearly fundraising events, socialize & learn about what grows well in this desert climate. There's the Garden Shop, the Master Gardener Hotline (505.292.7144), the Library, the Newsletter, classes in home landscaping, horticulture, etc; there are soil testing kits & you can rent the gardens for a day if you'd like...amazingly, all the folks you will see are volunteers.

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MetroABQ's San Pedro Branch Library​ -- More Info

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by Chris Lucas

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Piedras Marcadas Canyon -- Humanoid Petroglyphs Part I

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by Chris Lucas

Among The Piedras Marcadas Petroglyphs
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