“Syncretistic Vernacular Architecture Santa Fe, New Mexico”

Ben Shacklette

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The subject of this paper is the Westside/Guadalupe Historic District, established in 1983. It is the most recent of five regulated historic districts in Santa Fe. The Westside originates from seventeenth century pre-industrial building methods and land use patterns associated with agricultural based societies that in many instances were extended family settlements. Throughout the 19th and early 20th century, Westside dwellers blended Anglo and Hispanic customs and attitudes creating a hybrid form of building that is largely the product of owner-as-builder intuition. A predominant characteristic is growth by accretion and modification that often produces an eccentric ad hoc result that can be described as vernacular or folkloric. This paper claims that the Westside community is a relevant example of a self-generating community building process. A complete mapping of the Westside is presented in detailed graphic analysis followed by a series of architectural case studies that document,
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-176
JournalCommon Ground Publishing
StatePublished - Jun 2012


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