Santa Fe has an abundance of architecture that ranges from contemporary to Pueblo-Spanish and Territorial architectural. Adobe walls, vigas, flat roofs and small arches are part of the prevalent style of architecture found in Santa Fe. Some buildings date back to 1912 when tourism was first encouraged. However, the city has some unusual buildings that vary from the traditional adobe. Much of the architecture is a melding of Spanish and Native American pueblos. You can find many places to stay in Santa Fe near the historic district. This is where you will find a lot of the city’s best architecture.
Santa Fe Opera
Set amidst the breathtaking scenery of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and nearby foothills, the Santa Fe Opera is contemporary in style and was designed by the firm of James Stewart Polshek and Partners. Sit in the covered open-air and watch opera or enjoy a tailgate party in the parking lot.
Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
Located not far from the Santa Fe Plaza, a traditional Santa Fe building houses a collection of Native American arts.
Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
Located a short walk from the plaza, this church has elements of the French Romanesque Revival style and is the home of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. The building was built between 1869 and 1886, and the stone came from quarries in the vicinity.
The Shed Restaurant
Housed in a hacienda that dates back to 1692, this famous restaurant has been serving New Mexican food since 1953. It is located a block from the Plaza and is known for its red and green chile dishes. The Shed is located at 113 1/2 E. Palace Avenue in Santa Fe.
San Miguel Chapel
Known as the “Oldest Church”, San Miguel Chapel was originally founded by the Tlaxcala people and was built under the direction of Franciscan friars. The present building dates from 1710.
The Palace of the Governors
As the oldest occupied building in Santa Fe, this adobe building houses a museum of history. Its beginnings date back to 1610. It is where you will find native jewelry sold as part of the Native American Vendors Program; vendors are on the outside portal facing the square.
Home of the miraculous Loretto Chapel staircase, this church features a one of a kind stairway with a legend to be told regarding its construction and the miracle that occurred. The chapel features a gift shop for those wanting to leave with a memento.