Some of my favorite architectural styles are Spanish Revival, Territorial Revival, and Pueblo Revival.
We’re very lucky to have friends and family who live in wonderful, scenic, warm places in the southwest. Friends in Scottsdale; family in Tucson and Los Angeles.
Turns out that we both love the desert landscape and the various Revival architecture that is so common in both cities.
So it is no wonder that when I saw a new Spanish Revival house featured in Traditional Home, I took a long look. The house was inspired by the architecture of John Gaw Meem.
Meem was born in 1894 and died in 1983. His architectural style, known as Pueblo Revival, is represented in hundreds of buildings in Arizona and New Mexico. There are 30 on the campus of the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque alone. He designed residential and commercial buildings and was responsible for the renovation of the famous Santa Fe hotel, La Fonda.
He also designed the Los Poblanos Inn in New Mexico, which is still open and looks just gorgeous.
He did that renovation with another architect, Mary Jane Colter, who also had a very long life (1869-1958). Colter was one of the first women architects in America. For most of her life she worked for the Fred Harvey organization, which built restaurants, shops, and hotels along the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe railroad line. (And who here remembers the movie, The Harvey Girls starting Judy Garland?)
Almost all of the lodges in the Grand Canyon were designed by Colter. She also designed the Harvey House Restaurant in the Union Station of Los Angeles. It is now used as a special events room. There’s a photo of it below. Notice the floor, which is linoleum tiles made to look like a Navajo rug.
Here are some photos of Meem’s architecture.
My sister lives in a wonderful neighborhood in Los Angeles between LaBrea and Larchmont. It has no “official” name, but is filled with Spanish Revival apartments, duplexes and single family homes.
More to come in another post about artists that were collaborators of Meem and Colter, the photographer Laura Gilpin and the artist Carlos Vierra.