ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – This is one of the oldest community centers in Albuquerque. Today, the city strives to preserve its historical significance.
The Community Center was built between 1941 and 1942. If the walls of the Barelas Community Center could talk, they would have many stories to tell. A series of programs instituted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression to stabilize the economy.
That, along with its Spanish Pueblo Revival architecture and murals depicting New Mexico culture, are just a few of the reasons the city wants to make the community center a historic landmark. “This is important because it helps put guidelines in place to help protect the building from any major changes that could negatively impact the architectural integrity of the building or the cultural or historical integrity,” said Kate Fafford-Johnson with City Planning and Zoning. department.
If approved by City Council, the community center will be added to a list of more than 20 historic landmarks in the city, including the Kimo Theater and the Old Albuquerque High School building at Central and Broadway, which has since been turned into apartments. “It’s a little easier for us to preserve the qualities of a particular building that make it special,” Fafford-Johnson said.
Residents of the Bareles area say the designation would give the neighborhood a boost. “The fact that it’s a historic landmark will bring more guidance to our little neighborhood,” said resident Melissa Trujeque.
The Monuments Commission has approved the designation. He now heads to the city council for the final decision.