Thursday, October 15, 2009
University of New Mexico
My fiancee and I recently vacationed in Santa Fe, New Mexico. En route, we passed through Albuquerque and the University of New Mexico, home of the Lobos athletic teams. As seen in the following view from Central Avenue (part of the former Route 66), mountains dominate the horizon of northern New Mexico.
The modernistic building in the above photo, though, does not appear representative of the building style on the UNM campus. In the heart of campus, it's the adobe style of architecture that is most prominent. Zimmerman Library exemplifies this style, as shown below.
The courtyard adjacent to Zimmerman exemplifies an unfortunately all-too-frequent architectural style on college campuses, the concrete jungle. A short distance away, however, one finds that UNM also has a more scenic side, featuring the Duck Pond.
Another nice feature of the campus is its collection of sculptures, statues, and fountains.
Finally, the aforementioned Central Avenue forms the "main drag" of the adjoining college-town area. We had lunch at the vegetarian restaurant "20 Carrots" (shown in the upper-right photo below), which we highly recommend to anyone living in or visiting "The ABQ."