Travel to U.S.: West: Santa Fe: Photo 23
The plaza itself, seen from the center and looking almost due east. (The streets are gridded, but because they follow the river they're not quite oriented to the compass points.) The building is the Catron Block, 1888, just this side of a line drawn between the cathedral and Sena Plaza. In 1888 Santa Fe hadn't yet developed the Santa Fe style, and Boss Catron, a lawyer deep into land deals, ordered up an Italianate block from the same Italian masons who had just built Lamy's church. The portico was a later addition, when the city was experimenting with a territorial style.
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