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Florencio Zamora Store; Charles Mann Store
1893–1898. 301 Romero St. NW.
  • (Photograph by Regina N. Emmer)

The Zamora store reflects the influence of new materials and ideas that arrived with the railroad from the Eastern and Midwestern United States. Constructed with a low-fired clay brick known as fired adobe ( adobe quemado) or pugmill brick, the building was originally unpainted and still features large, six-paned glass windows beneath segmental arches, a recessed entrance, and a prominent cornice of brick dentils. The open interior retains its original high ceiling and wood floor. Built on the plaza’s northwest corner for the local grocer and butcher Florencio Zamora, it at first housed a grocery store and the Old Town Post Office and remains in use as a commercial space.


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.

Johnson, Byron A. Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico: A Guide to Its History and Architecture. Albuquerque, NM: City of Albuquerque, 1980.

Writing Credits

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



  • 1893

  • 1979

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

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

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