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Local group releases list of modern architectural marvels

Emily Jaceks
October 01, 2018 06:19 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Take a drive through Albuquerque and on most streets you'll find traditional southwest designs, but look in the right places and you'll find some hidden gems with a "modern" design. 

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“Of the modern age. I mean it’s sort of that the world changed after World War II and we sort of entered into this new modern period where again it was this conscious break with anything that came before,” Ethan Aronson, of Modern Architecture, LLC said.

The construction may not be new or cutting edge, but it proves to be interesting. Take the Simms Building on Gold Avenue, for example. A modern marvel of its time.

“That was built in 1954 and was one of the first modern skyscrapers. Also used a lot of technical innovation. The glass is specially treated for the Albuquerque sun. The heating and cooling systems are quite innovative for the period,” Aronson said.

And the Rio Grande Pool, built in 1959. 

“I mean there's some features you can see right here. The clear windows near the top, the sort of these geometric forms, these clear forms, the butterfly roof here, as well as the shape repeated in the wading pool there,” Aronson said.

Just two of the seven “Must-See Modernisms” you need to visit in Albuquerque. "Modern Albuquerque," a group dedicated to studying the city's rich history and architecture, hopes you'll make an effort to see the buildings on their list.

“We've chosen this map to be kinda the best examples. The buildings that have been well maintained, but haven't been remodeled to the point their modernist features are no longer visible,” Aronson said.

You can check out these buildings by downloading the map or attending one of the group's tours. For more information click here.

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