Old Adobe


This is one of the old adobes on Corrales Road that I’ve been documenting for the past couple of years. This abandoned adobe house might be considered historic, so the owner may not be able to tear it down, and may be letting it deteriorate to the point it will fall down on it’s own, but that’s all speculation on my part. The north wall caved in a couple of years ago — you can see the north side of this house on my blog post from August 9, 2013 at http://photoofthedayetc.com/2013/08/09/old-adobes/.






20 thoughts on “Old Adobe

    • Corrales is pricey, even for falling down adobes. I’ve never seen a for sale on this property. It has skylights and a big picture window on the north wall! Thanks, Teagan!

    • Thanks, Sharon. I know of another adobe that is falling down that is considered historic and the owner can’t demolish it. That’s what I’m basing my speculation on with this house.

  1. Too bad not much can be done to either preserve or demolish these adobes.

    About 12 years ago, the City of Colorado Springs demolished some adobe houses and an adobe church from the 1870s,1880s for a park nobody wanted. The houses and church were still in fantastic shape considering their age. A group tried to save them but failed. The city asserted eminent domain. The park goes largely unused except by the homeless. It’s a stone’s throw from the shelter.

    • It’s all a matter of cost. On private houses like this one, I don’t think the government should have a say about tearing it down. It may be the owner just doesn’t want to spend the money to tear it down. For about a year they had temporary fencing around it to keep people out, but they removed the fencing a couple of years ago.

      It’s often really difficult to understand the thinking behind people who end up in our governments. Especially when they use their powers to go against the wishes of people because they think they know best. The cost of renovation and maintenance on old adobe buildings can be very expensive, but if they start out in good shape, the cost can be reasonable.

      I had the houses I grew up in torn down in 2012, because they were build without foundations and the cost of trying to renovate was not even worth considering. The Village and County did make a determination they had no historic value before I could have them torn down. You can see photos of the demolition process in my blogs from August 16 and 17, 2012.

      As part of the 1960’s Urban renewal, Albuquerque tore down some great buildings by the railroads and leveled several blocks in downtown, including the lot behind our office where they are building the grocery store. Much of the land stood vacant for over 40 years. When they rebuilt the Transportation Center around 10 years ago, they made it look like the buildings they tore down in the 1960’s.

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