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October 30, 2010

Jason’s MCM Photos from Albuquerque,NM

By RetroRuth

I am interrupting our regularly scheduled programming to bring you: Houses!!!

Lots of houses!  Lots and lots of houses!

These house pictures were sent in by Jason from Albequerque, NM. 

Jason writes:

Hi Ruth,

Love the blog. My wife and I moved to Albuquerque, NM about a year ago and it turns out to be something of a midcentury paradise. The population absolutely exploded during and after WWII (it grew from 35,000 in 1940 to just over 200,000 by 1960); as a result, a good chunk of the town was built when midcentury design was at its height. While many houses here were built in a blechy faux-adobe style, there is plenty of mid-mod goodness as well. I’ve attached a few photos, but these are just a smattering of hundreds of groovy houses I’ve seen, and come from only two of at least six neighborhoods that are rife with midcentury homes.

We were lucky enough to get a house that was in fairly original condition. Bathroom tiles (one bathroom is even pink!), kitchen cabinets (though sadly not countertops), fireplace/hearth complete with wood paneling and built-in bookshelves, front door and all interior doors, and several light fixtures all remain intact and in good to excellent condition. (Ours is the one with the huge tree behind it and the weird spaceship-looking house peeking over from the right-hand side). I’m sure that many of the houses, sadly, have been “renovated” and thus have lost most of their charm, but others are still intact inside and out. Albuquerque of all places. Who knew?

Best Regards,


Wow, this is amazing, Jason!  You had me at “mid-century paradise”. 🙂

So enjoy the house pictures, and say a big “thank you” to Jason.  Oh, and Jason, you totally need to send us pictures of the INSIDE of your house!  I really want to see it now, because it sounds amazing. 🙂

Awesome!!!!  Thanks so much, Jason.  These houses are amazing.

Want to show your neighborhood or house on our blog?  Send your pics to ruth@nopatternrequired.com!

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3 Responses to Jason’s MCM Photos from Albuquerque,NM

  1. Magnarama Reply

    October 30, 2010 at 9:12 am

    I went through Albuquerque while doing a Route-66 road trip in ’99, and wound up spending an unplanned extra two days there because there was so much to ogle. Plus, it’s one of the few (maybe the only?) city where the original Route 66 runs right through the main part of town, and that whole area is just STUFFED with original ’50s motels and their amazing neon signs. And I thought the vernacular adobe architecture there was oddly compatible with the mid-century homes and buildings. The two styles were quite harmonious with each other.

    Nice town, Albuquerque. Well worth a visit.

  2. Kelly Reply

    October 30, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Albuquerque! I didn’t know what a treasure trove it is. Wow! Thanks for the tour!

    I love all of these houses and yeah, I have to agree…Jason, we want to see inside of your beautiful home! 🙂 I’m also intrigued by the space ship home.

  3. Sara in AZ Reply

    October 30, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Ummmmm, yeah I third that Jason — where are the pics of the inside of your house!!!!

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