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Casa de Armijo
Old Town Albuquerque

Around the intersection of South Plaza and San Felipe are the Armijo houses which include Casa de Armijo, Ambrosio Armijo House and Store and the Cristóbal Armijo House.

The Casa de Armijo and Ambrosio Armijo House and Store are essentially two joining rectangular buildings. The Casa de Armijo, on the southeast side of the building, was constructed in 1706.

In the true classic enclosed little plaza style, it has three foot thick adobe walls to provide defense against attacks by raiding enemy. In the center of the placita is a well said to be one of the first wells dug in Albuquerque.

The placita was also used as a fort and refuge during Mexican, Spanish and American Civil War occupations.

Later in the 1930s, some of the buildings of what is now known as the
Patio Market were really small apartments occupied by various artists and writers. One of those artists was Ted Schuyler, widely known for his southwestern theme paintings including the mural on the patio of the La Hacienda Restaurant.

Today those apartments house art galleries, clothiers and specialty shops. One of them, the Yucca Art Gallery, used to be an open-ended carriage house. Modern, southwestern art and other objets d’art now hangs on the rear wall used in the early days to enter the carriage house. The folding doors on the other end are now permanently nailed together and painted a bright shade of purple.

As I walked beneath the Patio Market gateway into the la placita, one of the local merchants pointed out a branded board on the ceiling of the gateway which seems to authenticate the property as belonging to Ambrosia Armijo.

At 2004 South Plaza stands the Cristóbal Armijo House, home of a wealthy investor and one of the founders of the First National Bank of New Town

Next stop on Old Town Walking Tour - Ambrosio Armijo House
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