The Mid-Century Modern Building Inventory is a living document developed from the original 2013 survey of modernist architectural resources. Residential addresses are omitted in the public version.
Albuquerque's built environment is always changing. Since 2014, four structures that were included in the inventory have been torn down. To learn about those and other buildings that are missing from our landscape, select the link below.
PHOTO: Brady LaVigne
Like all sunbelt cities, Albuquerque has some standout examples of modernist architecture and public art. Explore what we think is Albuquerque's must-see modernism below. More sites will be added as they are researched and photographed.
Or download our printable map, released in 2018.
A Survey of Albuquerque's Mid-Century Modernist Architectural Resources
Modern Albuquerque LLC Newsletter Archive
Albuquerque Modernism Case Studies
National Register of Historic Places
New Mexico Historic Preservation Division
New Mexico Architecture Magazine
Want to learn more about Albuquerque's modernist architecture and art? We use the following resources regularly. Follow the links below to get started.
The document that started it all. Commissioned by the City of Albuquerque in 2013 and authored by board member William Dodge, Ph.D. and New Mexico Architectural Foundation President Cara McCulloch, this survey of the city's mid-century modernist architectural resources launched the building inventory. The Mid-Century Modern Building Inventory linked above represents the most up-to-date details about these structures.
Between August 2018 and December 2019, Modern Albuquerque LLC released monthly digital newsletters. Because the LLC closed its provider account when it reorganized, some links printed in the newsletters may no longer work.
August: A Loss, a Launch, and A Lot to Look Forward To!
September: Must-See and Much-Missed Modernism
La Luz Special Edition: Antoine Predock's La Luz at 50
October: Bunny O'Hare and Winrock
November: Winrock and Roll the Film!
December: We Might Never Have Found This
January: Only in Albuquerque! (Loyola's)
February: Revisiting the Butterfly Roof and the ABQ Mid Mod Home Tour
April: Demolition and Renovation in the Duke City
July: Reopening, Remembering, and Remodeling
August: Modernizing a Modernist Landmark
September: The Main Thing We'd Like to Tell You
November: Engineering a Legacy
Compiled by students at the University of New Mexico in 2015, twenty-six of Albuquerque's modernist architectural sites are featured as case studies.
Twelve modernist sites in Albuquerque have been nominated and added to the National Register of Historic Places. Read their nominations by selecting their name.
The State Historic Preservation Division is where we keep tabs on pending cultural property nominations.
Published bi-monthly between 1959 and 1991 by the New Mexico state chapter of AIA (the American Institute of Architects), this magazine has been digitized by the University of New Mexico and uploaded to the Web.
Published between 1934 and 1965 by the Albuquerque National Bank to promote and document the growth of the city, this magazine has been digitized by the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Public Library and uploaded to the Web.
Center for Southwest Research
This archive housed at the University of New Mexico's main campus is home to hundreds of Albuquerque architectural plans and records. To locate what you're looking for, we recommend searching original property names, client names, addresses, and building function (residence, office, restaurant, bank, etc.). Many records never made it to an archive, but those that did are an invaluable resource to architects, historians, and building owners. Files are not available digitally; the Center's hours are listed on its website.