The 'Heights' of Modern Architecture


Central Ave
Albuquerque, NM
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Albuquerque isn't a destination that comes to mind when one thinks of modernism. During the city's rapid expansion in the 1950's and 60's, however, not all of its local architects chose to design exclusively in the Southwest vernacular. Some preferred modern styles, methods, and materials. As a result, there are pockets of modern buildings throughout Albuquerque. This walking tour focuses on a very visible stretch of them that runs along or parallel to Central Avenue, a road many still refer to as Route 66. This area became known by city residents in the mid-century era as the Northeast Heights.

From an award-winning brutalist motor bank to the site of the world's first active solar heating system, this 2-hour, extended spin on Modern Albuquerque's Hairpin Legs tour will introduce you to modern architecture in Albuquerque with some surprise interior access. The walking tour route will be an approximately 1.25-mile one-way trek led by Thea Haver, Director of Modern Albuquerque.


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Tickets are $28 each and may be purchased through Modern Albuquerque's tour division, Retrograde Tours online. This cost includes a bottle of water and a map of must-see modernism in Albuquerque so that your exploration may continue even after the tour has ended.