Architecture and Planning ETDs


Susanna Eden

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This thesis is an historical survey of the Huning's Highland neighborhood of Albuquerque, New Mexico from 1881 to 1924 and an architectural analysis of the houses built there during that time. Newspapers, booster literature, city directories, insurance maps, the minutes of town council meetings, and other official town records, along with reminiscences of long-time city residents, were used to piece together a picture of neighborhood life in Huning's Highland. The picture that appears is of a prosperous middleclass, “Anglo” suburb, sharing the amenities of civilized life with New Town Albuquerque. Selected houses are discussed as they illustrate the developments in architectural style in the neighborhood. Bracketing dates for their construction and some information about owners and builders are included. Stylistic influences and decorative motives are analyzed. Because the railroad brought the means of producing all the styles popular elsewhere for the previous 50 years, most of the houses are a hodgepodge. Queen Anne emerges as the dominant style, with other styles evident in the decorative trim of the houses. The final chapters discuss the need for preservation and the problems facing neighborhood preservation efforts. The present day neighborhood is described, and a possible strategy for preservation 'is sketched, with the caveat that any effective strategy must respond to the current situation specifically.



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School of Architecture and Planning

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Bainbridge Bunting

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Third Committee Member

Edith Ann Cherry

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