New Mexico’s Earliest Architecture

Sometime between 1 AD and 500 AD, early New Mexicans shifted from subsisting exclusively by hunting-gathering, to a seasonal mix of hunting-gathering and agriculture.  Gradually, agriculture became the major strategy. New Mexicans became farmers and began to build more permanent homes and villages: New Mexico’s first architecture.

Mesa Public Library 

The architecture of Mesa Public Library is composed of two major elements: a long, wedge-shaped volume pointing north, and a segment of a circle that emphasizes the panorama of the Jemez Mountains.  

White Rock Visitor Center

The White Rock Visitor Center provides a gateway to near by national monuments and preserves.  The building uses materials that recall natural bluffs and mountain cabins.