New Mexico Art Tells its History

Spanish Colonial Architecture

Adobe homes were simple and made from basic local materials. Details included flat roofs, earthen floors sealed with animal blood, mud plaster, wooden bars on windows, vigas and latillas for the ceiling. Communities were often arranged around a plaza for defensive purposes. 

Spain focused most of its effort and money on missionary activities. The mission churches were the most significant architecture during this period, and they have been painted and photographed by numerous artists over the years. Churches were built within Spanish communities in the northern mountains.

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Santuario at ChimayoRanchos de Taos - WaldrumChurch at AcomaRanchos MissionCutting VigasPlasteringLaying VigasSanta Fe Hills

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