Architecture: Capitol in the Round

The citizens of Santa Fe, N. Mex., have a 356-year-old architectural heritage of which they are mighty proud.

And in 1957 they passed a strict ordinance designed to preserve their traditional pueblo Indian and Spanish colonial styles. Even gas stations and supermarkets are now required to have narrow windows, flat roofs, and adobe-tan-colored walls.

When New Mexico-born Architect Willard Carl Kruger was first selected to design a new state capitol, he proposed that it should be "monumental pueblo."

But the Old Santa Fe Association, the conservation group that had sponsored the city's historical ordinance, saw nothing resembling a pueblo in the first plans.


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