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Huning Highlands Historic District

By Edith Cherry and James See – January 28, 2020

NMAF Huning Highlands MapAccess: Curbside photography only. Please respect residential and other private-property privacy. See website links below for access to individual landmarks in this district.

note: Huning Highlands is a Historic Overlay Zone (HOZ) within the City of Albuquerque. The boundaries are not identical to those shown here.

The Huning Highlands subdivision, Albuquerque’s first suburb, is located roughly between Broadway on the west, I-25 on the east, Iron on the south, and Martin Luther King on the north. The subdivision was established in 1880 by Franz Huning, William Hazeldine, and Elias Stover who had been instrumental in bringing the railroad through Albuquerque. Originally, it was almost exclusively residential and was home to many of the more prominent citizens of New Town (the current Downtown). Around 1925, the neighborhood began to decline and many homes were subdivided into apartments. Central Avenue became part of Route 66 in the early 1930s, and commercial development happened along that corridor. In the late 1970s, Huning Highlands was rediscovered and many new owners began to renovate the old homes, an effort still in progress.

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© Jim See
Huning Highland Houses
© Jim See

The myriad of Victorian, Queen Anne, Italianate, and other styles and details were in contrast to the adobe houses of Old Town. Catalogs of building styles from back east were readily available, and components of these styles could be ordered and delivered by train. These components were added to the residences occasionally in very unorthodox ways, a process some have called “Victorian Fusion.”

Huning Highlands Historic District
National Register of Historic Places: #78001804 (1978)
NM State Register of Cultural Properties: #464 (8/27/1976)

A number of important historical buildings are in this District, including four City of Albuquerque Landmarks:

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Albuquerque High Lofts (formerly Old Albuquerque High, Albuquerque High)
Central Ave. and Broadway Blvd. NE
Access and other details: See Old Albuquerque High School elsewhere in this Guide

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Special Collections Library (formerly Old Main Library, Main Library)
423 Central Ave. NE,  Albuquerque, NM  87102
Access:  505 848-1376  | Special Collections Library

The original Albuquerque Main Library was designed in the Mission Revival style with the unusual inclusion of Prairie Style, grouped windows instead of separated ones. Later additions in the Spanish Pueblo Revival style provided more reading rooms, book storage, and a public meeting space, Botts Hall. This variety of styles is compatibly combined despite the passage of time between additions.

Completed: 1925
Architect: Arthur Rossiter
Renovation completed: 2012
Renovation Architect Cherry/See/Reames, Architects

National Register of Historic Places: #78001804
NM State Register of Cultural Properties: #395 (7/25/1975)
City Landmark (Albuquerque)

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Hotel Parq Central (formerly ATSF Railroad Memorial Hospital)
806 Central Ave. SE,  Albuquerque, NM  87102  
Access:  505 242-0040  Hotel Parq Central

This Mediterranean Revival style structure dominated the landscape when it was first built by the Acheson Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. Albuquerque, one of the most important treatment centers for tuberculosis in the Southwest, also lead the development of hospital architecture of the time. This architectural design lent itself well to hospitality functions once that disease was conquered.

Completed: 1926
Architect: E. A. Harrison
Renovation completed: seeking info*
Renovation Architect: Studio Southwest
City Landmark

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Albuquerque Press Club (formerly The Whittlesey House)
201 Highland Park Circle SW,  Albuquerque, NM  87102
Access: Curbside photography only, private property.

This unique, log structure, was designed by the architect Charles Whittlesey as his residence. Whittlesey, the chief architect for the Santa Fe Railroad Company, also designed El Tovar Hotel (1905) at the Grand Canyon in what he referred to as a “Norwegian villa” style. Perhaps, his early research on that project influenced the design of his Norwegian log cabin style home, or vice versa.

Completed: 1903
Architect: Charles Whittlesey
NM State Register of Cultural Properties:
#391 (6/20/75)
City Landmark (Albuquerque)

Learn More:
Hidden New Mexico: Huning Highland Historic District
Albuquerque Press Club
Huning Highlands Historic District Neighborhood Association
Albuquerque Landmark Buildings in Huning Highlands



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