The Santa Fe style home plan developed from a mixture of Spanish Colonial and Indian Pueblo architecture featuring flat roofs, irregular rounded edge walls, a stucco surface and round log ceiling beams and is identified with the New Mexico state capital at Santa Fe. There, one of the most prominent buildings and a prime example of the style is the long low "Governor's Palace" with its distinctive covered portico facing the plaza. Santa Fe house plans are typically one story, with an adobe or stucco exterior finish and flat roof, covered porches, exposed beam ceilings, and are usually found in the Western U.S. Santa Fe house plans are uniquely suited to the desert Southwest and New Mexico landscapes where shaded outdoor space is especially important. Just as California has its Mission style, New Mexico has its own namesake architectural style. New Mexico uses the distinctive Santa Fe house plan style to attract tourism and promote the state's identity. Other names for Santa Fe style are Adobe Style and Pueblo Revival. John Gaw Meem was an innovative Santa Fe architect who adapted New Mexico's Hispanic and Native American concepts for modern indoor-outdoor living and was the state's most influential designer in the Santa Fe style.
For more about the Palace of the Governors visit (http://www.palaceofthegovernors.org/ ). Facing Southwest by Chris Wilson (University of New Mexico press) presents a perceptive analysis of John Gaw Meem's Santa Fe style houses and describes his important contribution to American architecture.