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White Rock Visitor Center

By Edith Cherry and James See – October 13, 2021

Address: 115 NM State Road 4, White Rock, NM  87547

Access: 505-672-3183. Web Page   

White Rock Visitors Center
Usage to Mullen Heller Architecture

The White Rock Visitor Center provides a gateway for visitors to near by national monuments and preserves, accessed by shuttle in the busy season. The site design places the building near State Road 4 and locates the necessary amount of parking behind landscaping. The site features a demonstration garden for low-water use plants, and a grassed area for outdoor presentations. A rainwater collection cistern helps water the grass.

The exterior materials of the building include stone-clad sections that recall the bluff to the north of the building, and the horizontal siding is a reference to materials used by many mountain cabins. The interior wood beams reach out to the spectacular views of the Sangre de Christo and Jemez Mountains.

White Rock Visitors Center
Usage to Mullen Heller Architecture
White Rock Visitors Center
Usage to Mullen Heller Architecture

The interior features a massive plastered wall that contains nichos for exhibiting items. The tongue-and-groove wood ceiling rests on wood beams that make a dramatic sweep through the front windows, emphasizing the surrounding views.

Completed:  2013
Architect:  Mullen Heller Architecture P.C.
Landscape Architects:  Consensus Planning    
Contractor:  Gerald Martin, General Contractor

AIA NM Special Recognition (2013)
Engineering News Record, Best Projects: Award of Merit: Cultural/Worship Category (2013)









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