Adobe Santa Fe Style

I admire the town’s fathers of Santa Fe, New Mexico, for their strict zoning on keeping to the tradition of adobe structures.

Incredibly these 400-year old structures still stand today.

As people moved West, they wanted to influence the adobe architectural style to reflect the styles of the East–

thus the mingling of various architectural embellishments.

The natural woods go well with the adobes–the structures just seem to blend in with the landscape.

The Santa Fe Style of architecture was in existence for hundreds of years in which wooden supports or vigas were erected by the males leaving the clay mixture for the women to finish the walls.

And the word adobe has been in existence for 4,000 years.

© Teresita Abad Doebley All rights reserved 2009-2012

Hold on to what is good,
Even if it’s a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe,
Even if it’s a tree that stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do,
Even if it’s a long way from here.
Hold on to your life,
Even if it’s easier to let go.
Hold on to my hand,
Even if someday I’ll be gone away from you.

Pueblo Indian Proverb


22 thoughts on “Adobe Santa Fe Style



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  5. Wonderful photos of the many “embellishments” on buildings..they are remarkable, aren’t they? And your observation about the adobe, the ancient buildings, wisdom and quiet…a very special place. And that ending poem speaks so softly and clearly…it’s beautiful….kathy

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