Thursday Travel: Santa Fe (Architecture and Galleries)
The city of Santa Fe, founded by Spanish colonists in 1610, is known as the oldest state capital city in the United States and the oldest city in New Mexico. Santa Fe (meaning “holy faith” in Spanish).
Santa Fe has a distinctive architectural style all its own. Unlike other cities and state capitals, the city created the idea of imposing a unified building style – the Spanish Pueblo Revival look, which is low-slung, earth-colored made of adobe bricks (consist of a mixture of sun-dried earth and straw).
There are several elements for Santa Fe’s architecture style, Adobe is made from mud, basically, Canales are drain spouts, often decorative and made with wood, Corbels are large wooden brackets, etc.
Downtown has many unique shops, a wonderful place to spending a relaxing late afternoon and evening.
The Canyon Street has more than 100 find art galleries and artist studios in one mile.
Art galleries in Downtown:
A gallery manager mentioned to me that many museum buyers make special trips to Santa Fe. So some or many of these potteries, sculptures, and paintings could be selected and purchased by and be displayed in various museums.
Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams first met in New Mexico in 1929 and maintained a lifelong friendship based on a reverence for the natural world. She moved to Santa Fe in 1984, where she died on March 6, 1986 at the age of 98.