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The Covered Wagon

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Henry Springer Store
1880–1891. 2038 S. Plaza Street NW.
  • (Photograph by Regina N. Emmer)
  • Cornice and brackets (Photograph by Regina N. Emmer)

The store built on the plaza’s west side by the German merchant Henry Springer between 1880 and 1891 reflects the effect of the new materials and ideas that arrived with the railroad. Though now covered in white stucco, this was one of the earliest brick structures on the plaza. The clipped corner entrance, large windows, and projecting cornice on brackets import models of commercial architecture from the East Coast and the Midwest. Still used as a commercial space, the store adjoins the house built by Springer’s son, Manuel Springer, between 1909 and 1914, but escaped its Spanish Colonial modifications.


DeWitt, Susan. Historic Albuquerque Today: An Overview Survey of Historic Buildings and Districts. 2nd ed. Albuquerque, NM: Historic Landmarks Survey of Albuquerque, 1978.

DeWitt, Susan, “Old Albuquerque Historic District,” Bernalillo County, New Mexico. National Register of Historic Places Inventory–Nomination Form, 1980. National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.

Writing Credits

Regina N. Emmer
Christopher C. Mead
Regina N. Emmer



  • 1880

  • 1979

    Listed on the State Register of Cultural Properties as part of the Old Albuquerque Historic District

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Regina N. Emmer, "The Covered Wagon", [Albuquerque, New Mexico], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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