Historic Walking Tour Guide
New Mexico Highlands University Area & Historic Churches
New Mexico Highlands University was founded in 1893 as the Normal (teacher training) School for the Territory. The earliest building on campus, a typical Romanesque Revival style stone structure, Springer Hall, was demolished after a serious fire, and the university seemed to suffer an image crisis. The design of the Rogers Administration Building is evocative of the Spanish heritage of the Southwest yet different from the newly emerging Pueblo Revival styel identified with Santa Fe and University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. World War II interrupted the popularity of the style and newer International Style building appeared, providing an opportunity to see style of institutional architecture bridging eight decades.