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Welcome to the MetroABQs Eighth Street Forrester Historic District

Primarily built between 1905-1930, this historic neighborhood sits north of Lomas Blvd, and south of Mountain Rd (see the map below). According to the MetroABQ Landmarks and Urban Conservation Commission, this area represents a rare collection of Anglo-style homes built for working class families. They generally consist of late adaptations of the Queen Anne style, one-story or one-and-a-half-story Bungalows, and Spanish Pueblo Revival homesthe later the year, the more modest the ornamentation.

Above are two early Queen Anne homes. Notice the front gables, often decorated with colorfully painted wood scales. These homes have hipped roofs with dormers, a prominent front porch and wood sash windows, which is typical to Queen Anne-style construction.

One of my favorite elements of the Queen Anne style is the polychromatic wooden designs as seen above. They decorate the front gables and draw attention to the half-storying above the first floor. These houses are Hipped Box design and all have gables and prominent front porches, a few are enclosed. Walking around this neighborhood is a treat!


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