While walking around downtown Albuquerque, I came across The KiMo Theatre which is the city’s best-known landmark. It was built in 1927 in the extravagant Art Deco-Pueblo Revival Style architecture, which is a blend of adobe building styles (rounded corners and edges), decorative motifs from indigenous cultures, and the soaring lines and linear repetition found in American Art Deco architecture.
The KiMo was conceived by entrepreneur Oreste Bachechi and designed for him by Carl Boller of the Boller Brothers architecture firm, who conducted an extensive investigation into the cultures and building styles of the Southwest before submitting his design. The theater is a three-story stucco building with the stepped massing characteristic of native pueblo architecture, as well as the recessed spandrels and strong vertical thrust of Art Deco skyscrapers. Both the exterior and interior of the building incorporate a variety of indigenous motifs, like the row of terra cotta shields above the third-floor windows. The name “KiMo” (literally translated as “mountain lion” in Tewa, and sometimes loosely translated as “king of its kind”).
The KiMo Theatre is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of Bobby Darnall, a six-year old boy killed when a water heater in the theater’s lobby exploded in 1951. The theater staff maintains a space in a backstage stairwell for gifts and offerings in an attempt to “appease the spirit.” Some claim to have actually seen Bobby’s ghost, clad in jeans and a striped shirt. (via wikipedia)
Here are close up shots of the breathtaking detail of this theater:
If you look closely in the reflection in the window below, you will see that the Kress building is across the street. As you can imagine, I was a bit overwhelmed with the beauty on this street: An absolutely stunning building. I’m so glad I got to see it in person.
It’s the weekend, back at it on Monday! I’m feeling the need for #graffitiweek so Monday will begin a week’s worth of posts dedicated to street art from around the world. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet/instagram me @nikki_vz to be featured in a post.