Adobe ~ Native vs. Spanish Style

   Zuni Pueblo 1890
Zuni Pueblo 1890


Native vs. Spanish Style


What Color is that Clay?

Walls & Gates

Paint It Blue!


The two primary
influences on southwestern homes have been Native adobe building, and various Spanish stucco styles (not being an architect or builder, I don't know the exact terms for architectural styles, so bear with me). Spanish and Mexican influence is very heavy in other parts of the southwest, but in New Mexico it's the Native adobe style, sometimes called Pueblo, that reigns supreme. Where Spanish style tends to hard angles, bright stucco and fancy ornamentation, New Mexicans prefer the gentle curves of earthen walls and natural hues of local clays.

In a city such as Albuquerque, there is a huge mix of styles, as you can see from the pictures on this page. Most pre-built homes nowadays are not true adobe, being made of formed concrete, brick, or frame construction covered with stucco, but they maintain the shapes and curves of a real adobe home. Many people build their own homes, and adobe bricks, or hay-bale construction, offer affordable methods.

While there are some hallmarks of a "traditional" adobe home, it is also a style that gives a lot of freedom to the imagination, and people don't hesitate to personalize their homes. So don't hesitate to embellish when you make an adobe house in miniature!

Pueblo style adobe
simple cube design with rounded corners, wood lintels over doors & windows, and protruding vigas (roof supports)

Mexican Territorial style
 flat, brick-edged roof, stucco walls, framed windows, simple low design

spanish ranch
Spanish ranch
pitched, tiled roof, embellished windows and doors, ornamentation

"Albuquerque Budget Combo"
a stuccoed concrete Spanish-Territorial-Pueblo!



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