Historic District Registered

Planning work by Albuquerque was making it more and more clear that Nob Hill constituted a significant historic resource.  In 1995 Albuquerque contracted with UNM architecture professor Chris Wilson to inventory as many buildings in Nob Hill as possible to document their form and identify potential historic districts. The survey:

  • confirmed that over 90% of the houses had been constructed by 1942

  • determined that the vast majority of houses surveyed had not been significantly remodeled

  • found that incremental change through the remodeling of buildings was gradually undermining the historic character of both the residential and commercial portions of the neighborhood.

  • stated that much of this work could easily be more sympathetic and respectful of this historic character.

  • recommended that public education through efforts like architectural walking tours could be very constructive.

  • recommended nomination of Monte Vista and College View additions for listing on the state and national Registers of Historic Places.

In 1997 the City contracted with consulting historian and Nob Hilleño David Kammer to document The Twentieth Century Suburban Growth of Albuquerque with the National Park Service. In 1998 the Monte Vista and College View Historic District was listed in the New Mexico Register of Cultural Places.  In 2000 the City contracted with Kammer to prepare the nomination of the Monte Vista and College View Additions as a National Historic District in cooperation with CABQ Preservation Planner Ed Boles. With input from property owners the District was listed in the National Register on August 3, 2001.

Listing in the State and National Registers establishes the district as a place of architectural/historical importance worthy of preservation. It does not regulate the ways private property owners can modify their property.

It does, however, make available 50% NM tax credits for renovation of many houses and other buildings in the district.

It also qualifies owners of contributing properties to display the plaque identifying them as properties that contribute to the historic character of the district.

See all the structures that display plaques in Nob Hill.

See lots more about Nob Hill and its fascinating story at  reDiscoverNobHill.com


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