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Church Street Café

The Church Street Café was built in the early 1800s as the home of the Ruiz family. It is the oldest residence in Albuquerque and one of the oldest residences in New Mexico as confirmed by the terrone brick used in its construction. That type of thick adobe brick was used in buildings located around the marshy swamp area of the Rio Grande River prior to the installation of a swamp drainage system around 1820. Thereafter, adobe bricks were made with a dryer mud.

The house remained in the Ruiz family until 1991 when it was purchased by Marie Coleman who converted the hacienda into a café with a reputation for excellent Mexican American breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes.

Since the building is thought to be inhabited by the ghost of Sara Ruiz, the mother of the last Ruiz family member to live in the house, the café is also a stop on the nightly Albuquerque Ghost Walk. With a reputation as the most haunted place in Albuquerque, the hacienda has been featured on the Travel Channel’s “Weird Travels” series.

Next stop on Old Town Walking Tour - San Filipe de Neri Church
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