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Denver Architectural Styles: Pueblo Revival

During the 1920s, there was a growing interest in the Santa Fe and Taos areas of New Mexico, encouraged by the bourgeoning arts scene there. Today one can find lingering manifestations of the influences brought back by Denver’s arts crowd.

Pueblo architecture sits in harmony with the environment as it seems to rise up out of the earth. Indeed, it was the only readily available material to the natives of American Southwestern deserts. In Denver, the Peublo Revival houses are constructed out of more substantial materials, but they retain the peaceful harmony of the original forms.

What makes a house a Pueblo Revival?

The style features flat roofs with parapeted wall above projecting wooden beams – or vigas – that extend through the walls, deep set windows, and a stucco wall surface that is typically earth-toned. Note the canals or rainwater gutters and      hewn-wood lintels which are characteristic of the style.

Where to look

You can see Pueblo Revival houses at 656 Williams Street (North Country Club), 124 High Street (This 1918 home designed by Eugene Groves drew inspiration from the Pueblo tribes of the American Southwest), 2701 Jackson (Several examples of a more vernacular interpretation of the Pueblo Revival Style).