Paul Weideman. Courtesy photo
Historic Santa Fe Foundation presents a reading and book signing for Paul Weideman on the event of his new publication Architecture Santa Fe: A Guidebook.
The talk is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17 in the sala of HSFF offices at 545 Canyon Road, Suite 2 in Santa Fe. There is no admission for the talk, but due to limited seating, reservations are required.
Following the talk, Weideman will sign copies of his new book.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Sun-baked adobe and weathered portáles. Plastered walls glowing beneath dark vigas. Flat roofs! What makes the famous Santa Fe Style a language all its own — and how was it developed, evolved, and in some cases deliberately rejected? Longtime Santa Fe New Mexican architecture and real-estate writer Paul Weideman’s exhaustive (not exhausting!) study of the City Different’s history and buildings includes160 photographs of a wide sampling of structures.
In the illustrated first half of Architecture Santa Fe: A Guidebook, the author explores the progress of building styles and materials in Santa Fe. The second half of the book is a monograph of 115 photographs taken with a vintage Rolleiflex film camera, and informative captions for each one. It begins with an image of an excavated 14th-century Pueblo roomblock in Agua Fria and ends with a photo of a 2018 house by builder Will Prull and architect Craig Hoopes.
Detail sections cover the Palace of the Governors, the city’s historic and current Roman Catholic churches and chapels, Santa Fe Style architects Isaac Rapp and John Gaw Meem, the city’s 1957 Historic Styles Ordinance, the Historic Districts Review Board (aka the H-Board), and the Santa Fe Railyard. Weideman also includes an appendix about the photography and another where he lists more than 80 late architects and master builders who made their marks on Santa Fe.
This is an immersive journey into the past, present and future of the oldest capital city in the United States.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Paul Weideman was born in Indianapolis and grew up in Ohio, Michigan, and in Southern Rhodesia, Africa (ages 11-15). He earned bachelor’s degrees in biology (Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo) and editorial journalism (University of Washington, Seattle) and has worked as a journalist since 1984, the last 22 with the Santa Fe New Mexican. In 1996, he married Mary Margaret Vigil, whose parents were members of multigenerational Santa Fe families and who has given him scores of insights about “old Santa Fe” — that is, from the 1950s and 1960s.
Paul’s recent awards include a Heritage Preservation Award, presented by the City of Santa Fe in 2011 “for his educational articles on archaeological subjects”; a Cultural Preservation Award, presented by the Old Santa Fe Association in 2015 for his articles “that have consistently emphasized the importance of historical preservation and have educated and enriched the lives of Santa Feans”; and a Service Award presented by the Santa Fe chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 2017 for articles about design and architecture in his “Art of Space” column in Pasatiempo magazine and in the monthly Home/Santa Fe Real Estate Guide.
Reservations required for the lecture on a first come, first serve basis. The book signing is open to the public. To reserve a spot for the lecture, visit the HSFF website.