Wednesday, November 21

New Mexico Architecture

I adore the diverse architectural styles found throughout New Mexico. The state's distinctive architecture reflects the diversity of cultures that have left their imprint on the region.


Of course adobe style homes are hugely popular but very few new homes are built of adobe. Instead, most are constructed with wood frames and plasterboard, and then stuccoed over. Several local architects are currently employing innovative architecture to create a Pueblo-style feel. They incorporate straw bales, pumice-crete, rammed earth, old tires, even aluminum cans in the construction of homes. Most of these elements are used in the same way bricks are used, stacked and layered, and then covered over with plaster and made to look like adobe. Often it's difficult to distinguish homes built with these materials from those built with wood-frame construction.



We are spending Thanksgiving week in New Mexico with a lifelong family friend. Last night Janie, our gracious hostess, held a cocktail party in her beautiful home.


10 comments:

Anne said...

How wonderful and I love that first painting!

girl meets glamour said...

Wow, great photos...I've never been to New Mexico, love the architecture!
Have a great Thanksgiving Ronda!

~Kate

Carolina Eclectic said...

I love these photos. I am passionate about New Mexico..especially Santa Fe. My husband and I grew up in the Texas panhandle, so we used to make many trips there. We live a lot farther away now, but still travel there whenever we can. Our dream is to have a home there some day.
Aahhh...I can picture it now!

melissa @ the inspired room said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

halcyon said...

So Homesick for New Mexico!!! Have a great Thanksgiving!

Brilliant Asylum said...

I would love to go to New Mexico someday. I have passed through on a 3 day trek from Georgia to California, but did not have a chance to stop. Thanks for sharing your photos.

Mélanie said...

I love this style , this kind of decoration and this architecture ..I could easily live there

Cote de Texas said...

Hi Happy Thanksgiving!!! The house looks just beautiful.

joni

Melinda said...

I live in Santa Fe, and I love it. Don't think I could live anywhere else. Today has been just perfect "ushering in the Holiday Season weather", hasn't it? Enjoy your visit. Thanks for highlighting our beautiful part of the world on your blog!!

kenny said...

I just love mexican architecture!And that house looks great...