Authors: hannah simonson- lori martin- sarah medwig- kathryn clarke
University of Texas at Austin
Through on-site investigation, documentation, and archival research, this project seeks to unearth a story about the people, materials, and aesthetics that created the historic built environment of Carlsbad Caverns New Mexico and preserve this story for future generations.
In addition to contributing to the larger goal of the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) program – documenting and recording America’s built environment for future generations of designers and researchers – this project seeks to tell a story. The significance of Carlsbad National Park (CAVE) Quarter 6 lies in the material choices, design and craftsmanship of the building – all these aspects tell a story about the development of the park, the park’s relationship to tourism and conservation, and the resources of the specific time and place.
Constructed in 1927-29 by cave guides, with little to no building experience, Quarter 6 is a testament to both the limited resources and long term vision of the park. Quarter 6 is built of locally quarried limestone in the Pueblo Revival style. Although Pueblo Revival style in adobe is typical of New Mexico, the stone construction is actually more authentic to the pueblo construction that the revival style is meant to evoke. The modest stone building betrays a lack of construction experience in details of craftsmanship, but the style set the precedent for the future architectural development of the park. The locally quarried stones and rustic style blend seamlessly into the surroundings.