John Gaw Meem at Acoma: Built by Spanish Franciscan missionaries in the seventeenth century, the magnificent mission church at Acoma Pueblo in west-central New Mexico is the oldest and largest intact adobe structure in North America. But in the 1920s, in danger of becoming a ruin, the building was restored in a cooperative effort among Acoma Pueblo, which owned the structure, and other interested parties. Kate Wingert-Playdon’s narrative of the restoration and the process behind it is the only detailed account of this milestone example of historic preservation, in which New Mexico’s most famous architect, John Gaw Meem, played a major role.
Wingert-Playdon will be in conversation with Brian Vallo of the Acoma Pueblo.
Kate Wingert-Playdon is an Associate Professor of Architecture with research and design areas addressing overlaps of architecture, site, and settlement. Her current work includes both research and on-site work focused on the underlying cultural manifestation of places and the particularity of sites. In her work she has developed methodologies for addressing distant sites through on-site engagement and graphic research that uses a range of source material. Current sites of inquiry include Route 66 and Amboy California, Sky City at the Pueblo of Acoma, the Philadelphia grid, and the Main Road in Cape Town. Given the scale and complexity of these sites her work includes broad collaboration. Recent collaborations include Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program and affiliates, H’aaku Museum and Cultural Center at the Pueblo of Acoma, Tyler Gallery and Chris Taylor / Land Arts of the American West. She is an Ex Officio Board Member of the Architectural Research Centers Consort ium and Managing Editor of the ARCC Journal.