Albuquerque Then and Now

Albuquerque Then and Now

This is Ambrosio Armijo’s (nephew of Manuel Armijo) store and house, built between 1876 and 1881. It was originally two square buildings joined by a walkway. The railroad brought new building materials and new architectural styles to New Town, and allowed residents of Old Town to anglicize their homes, hence the wooden façade. Inside is a magnificent walnut staircase that leads to a small area. Legend says that Ambrosio built it so his daughter could make a grand entrance in her wedding gown, though recent research indicates that the dates of its building and her marriage do not coincide. This photograph, taken some time later, shows the Steuckel-Johnson family, part of the German merchant community, who rented the house in 1896.

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