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Student papers on historic preservation in New Mexico

Identifier: MSS-754-BC

Scope and Content

Following the tradition of the Historical American Building Survey (H.A.B.S.) program and in the footsteps of former UNM Architecture professor Bainbridge Bunting, Chris Wilson has assigned his architecture seminar students the task of documenting historic communities and structures across New Mexico. Martin Stupich's 2011 Historic American Landscape Survey (HALS) class conducted a photographic survey of Albuquerque's Martineztown neighborhood. The resulting collection of student research work provides important information on history, culture and architecture around New Mexico.

The students used a wide variety of sources for their studies, including censuses, maps, business directories, building permits, family histories, and oral interviews. Many include photographs or copies of photos taken on-site or borrowed from residents, diagrams, illustrations, sketches and measured drawings. Most provide a bibliography of sources consulted. The names of the students working on the projects have been provided when known.

Also included in the collection are student papers focusing on adobe wall construction, farms (including the Baca House, the Tipton Barn, the Watrous House and El Rancho de las Golondrinas), stucco use, and northern New Mexico tin roofs. There is also a brief history of nineteenth century American architectural pattern books for mail order houses.

The bulk of the collection is organized by county and includes:
  1. Bernalillo County - Albuquerque airports, Barelas neighborhood, Edward Lembke house in the Huning Highlands neighborhood, Padilla house in the South Valley, the Merritt and Miller houses in the Country Club area, and the Nob Hill Motel and Aztec Motel along Central Avenue. There is also a study of multi-family structures, compounds, and apartments in Albuquerque, including the Bachechi Compound, Balay, Alhambra and El Porvenir Apartments. A survey of the San Antonito Church in the East Mountains is also included as is a study of the Martineztown neighborhood.
  2. Guadalupe County - a study of the town of Pastura.
  3. McKinley County - a history of the Zuni Salt Lake.
  4. Mora County - papers on the history of Rainsville, the Manzanares house in Rainsville, the Romero-Salman Ranch house and land grant near La Cueva, La Cueva Mill, and the Santa Gertrudis Rectory at Mora. Also included are two interviews with women from La Cueva and an analysis of the 1910 census for Mora County.
  5. Rio Arriba - a history of Los Ojos area villages, which are part of the Tierra Amarilla Land Grant.
  6. Sandoval County - a history of the Perea ? C. de Baca house.
  7. San Miguel County - material for the Casa Redondo compound in Las Vegas is included in the study of Albuquerque's historic compounds and apartments (Folder 6).
  8. Santa Fe County - material on two non-regional style state capitol buildings in the City of Santa Fe and the King house in Nambe. There is also material for Santa Fe's Ann Webster Plaza compound (Folder 6 and Folder 24) and for the Jose N. Trujillo Family compound (Folder 6).
  9. Taos County - a study of the Lopez Ortiz ranch house in Rodarte.
  10. Valencia County - a study of the Lucero house in Isleta Pueblo.


  • 1987-2011

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Biographical Information

Chris Wilson is currently the J. B. Jackson Professor of Cultural Landscape Studies at the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning in Albuquerque. A founding coordinator of the UNM Architecture Department's Historic Preservation and Regionalism program, Wilson has been teaching seminars in Southwest historic architecture from 1987-present. This collection is an accumulation of selected students' papers from his classes.

Martin Stupich is an associated faculty member for the UNM School of Architecture Department's Historic Preservation and Regionalism program. Select student papers/projects from class he teaches are also included in this collection


1 box (1 cu. ft.)


This is a collection of papers and projects by students in Chris Wilson's and Martin Stupich's historic preservation classes at UNM's School of Architecture and Planning. The papers/projects document the history, culture and architecture of particular buildings and areas around New Mexico.


Alphabetical by county, then alphabetical by topic.

Related Archival Material

Bainbridge Bunting Papers. Center for Southwest Research. University Libraries. University of New Mexico. David Kammer Professional Papers Center for Southwest Research. University Libraries. University of New Mexico. Albuquerque Conservation Association Records, Center for Southwest Research. University Libraries. University of New Mexico.

Separated Material

Measured drawing of King House, Nambe, NM and measured drawings of Lopez Ortiz Ranch House, Rodarte, NM have been transferred to CSWR Southwest Architecture Collection (Small Collections)

Processing Information

Martineztown photograph projects (Historic American Landscape Survey) added to collection in January 2011.
Finding Aid of the Student papers on historic preservation in New Mexico, 1987-2011
Processed by Nancy Brown Martinez and Kathy McCully
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  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131