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Built in 1915 for the prominent local merchant and Bernalillo County official Jesús Romero, this was the last private residence erected on the plaza. Despite the shift of most new commercial and residential development to New Town by this time, Romero continued to operate a successful grocery business in Old Town, and he lived here on the west side of the plaza until his death. The two-story house combines the local vernacular of adobe construction with progressive references to the Prairie Style that had recently been introduced to Albuquerque with the Berthold Spitz Residence (1908–1910). The building’s horizontal massing, broad hipped roof with overhanging eaves, and enclosed lower-story porch all refer to the Prairie Style, while the red clay-tiled roof adds a Mediterranean element. The building, which was not affected by the Spanish Colonial remodeling of Old Town after World War II, has since been adapted for commercial use.
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.
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