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Manuel Springer House
c. 1909–1914; 1947–1948 addition; 1969 portico. 2036 S. Plaza St. NW.
  • (Photograph by Regina N. Emmer)
  • (Photograph by Regina N. Emmer)

The Manuel Springer house reflects both Old Town’s continued assimilation of popular national styles in the early twentieth century, and its postwar reinvention in the Spanish Colonial Revival style. Built on the plaza’s south side for the grocer and merchant Manuel Springer between 1909 and 1914, the original two-story brick structure in the Queen Anne Style had a hipped and shingled roof and corner bay windows. It was extensively modified after World War II, when Old Town was redefined as a tourist district. The hipped roof with dormer vents and the bay window at the northwest corner were hidden behind a commercial front in 1947–1948 and a two-story Spanish Colonial portico was added in 1969. Now stuccoed and painted white, the original set-back house is only partly visible from the street.

Currently used as a commercial space, the house adjoins a store built by Springer’s father, the German merchant Henry Springer, between 1880 and 1891.


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



  • 1909

  • 1947

    First-story commercial addition built
  • 1969

    Two-story portal added
  • 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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