The "Santa Fe Style" was a compromise. Developed in the second decade of the 20th Century, immediately after New Mexico became a state, it was a way for the city to "look American" while at the same time retaining its distinctive architectural elements. Architectural Historian David Rasch of the City of Santa Fe's Historic Preservation Division explains why a debate continues to this day over what exactly defines the Santa Fe Style.
This summer, in collaboration with the non-profit organization Friends of Architecture Santa Fe, Rasch is pointing out prime examples of Santa Fe architecture on walking tours of downtown. The remaining tours are coming up on August 13 and September 10.
David Rasch speaks in greater detail about the walking tours in this longer version of the interview.