Santa Fe, NM is a unique city with a recognizable southwestern look.
Adobe buildings might seem to be the style of choice. But, in fact, a city ordinance requires that all buildings use both these materials and style. Flat roof and flat, smooth stucco sides are characteristics of this style.
Santa Fe has been in an extended drought period. Large lawns are taboo. Only small accent lawn areas can be found. In fact, most lot sizes for houses are small.
Stone fences, patios, and walkways are ubiquitous. It’s a readily available material, but not sure about construction costs. Wonder how old this mailbox is? Another modern one near the gate is in current use.
This followed the earlier artist colonies that had formed in the late 1800’s in nearby Taos. By the early 1920’s, prominent artists were producing varied styles of art in both places. Thus began the art scene that continues today.
In an isolated area with congested traffic downtown, this city is still worth the visit.
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Thomas Edison