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Hacienda del Rio Restaurant

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Herman Blueher House
1898; 1950s renovation and remodeling. 302 San Felipe St. NW.
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Built on the plaza’s northeast corner for the entrepreneur and market gardener Herman Blueher, the house was erected atop the ruins of an adobe hacienda on Blueher’s twenty-acre farm at the northeast edge of Old Town. Extensively remodeled in the 1950s, the building reflects Old Town’s postwar reinvention as a tourist district in the Spanish Colonial Revival style. Adopting the Queen Anne Style imported to New Mexico by the railroad, the original, two-story brick structure had a high-hipped roof, projecting gable dormers, and porches on both floors. When Old Town was redefined as a tourist destination and remade in the Spanish Colonial Revival style after World War II, the Blueher house was adapted for use as a restaurant and remodeled. Its roof and porches were removed, its brickwork covered with stucco to imitate adobe, and a portico with rough-hewn posts and beams, corbel bracket capitals, projecting vigas and a ceiling of latillas was added around two sides. Stripped of its details, the original house nonetheless remains visible at the back. The adjacent structures of adobe and wood, now occupied by shops, were part of Blueher’s farm.

References

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

Author: 
Regina N. Emmer
Coordinator: 
Christopher C. Mead
Regina N. Emmer
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Timeline

  • 1898

    Built
  • 1950

    Adapted for restaurant use and modified to present Spanish Colonial Revival Style appearance; roof, porches and wings removed; stucco coating and portal added
  • 1979

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

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Citation

Regina N. Emmer, "Hacienda del Rio Restaurant", [Albuquerque, New Mexico], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/NM-01-001-0111-07.

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