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This thesis examines the cause and development of the Spanish Pueblo Revival or Santa Fe style of architecture, and the involvement of one of the most active and influential proponents of that movement, John Gaw Meem. The thesis is divided into four parts. The first part presents a biographical background. The second part analyzes the development of the Spanish Pueblo Revival, and Meem’s entry and subsequent involvement in that movement. His style philosophy is made evident through his writings and his public buildings. Also noted is the influence of the Modern movement, and Meem’s response to its precepts. The third part provides a description of Meem's technique when utilizing the elements of the Santa Fe style in residential architecture. The fourth part presents a catalog of his residential work until 1940. It is intended to illustrate his technique, rather than be an exhaustive description of the residences.



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School of Architecture and Planning

First Committee Member (Chair)

Michel Louis Roger Pillet

Second Committee Member

Van Dorn Hooker

Third Committee Member

Bainbridge Bunting

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