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Historic Preservation

Learn more about historic preservation assistance and resources.


The City supports historic preservation to protect historic structures, districts, sites, objects and designed landscapes from deterioration or destruction. Such significant places help define Albuquerque and should be used, learned from and appreciated by current and future generations of residents and visitors.

The Planning Department distributes historic preservation guides and advises or refers residents to other information sources listed below. We make house calls and will meet with neighborhood groups interested in preservation.

Our files include:

  • Historic building inventory forms for more than 15,000 local buildings
  • Technical guides on how to approach and accomplish proper preservation projects
  • Guidance on how to research a property’s history and, if possible, get it registered
  • Guidance and application forms for tax-advantaged historic building rehabilitation and archaeological site stabilization projects

Publications & Resources

Both free and for-sale publications are available from the Planning Department’s publications desk at Plaza del Sol, 600 Second Street NW, Albuquerque NM 87102.

Free Publications:

  • Historic Albuquerque Tour Map and Guide
  • Imagine…The Archaeology of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County
  • Albuquerque New Mexico Historic Route 66 Map and Guide
  • Albuquerque’s Historic Landmarks
  • Historic Preservation in Albuquerque

Publications Available for Purchase:

  • Historic Albuquerque Today (copies of the out-of-print 1978 book)
  • Albuquerque-Area Archaeology, Sites and Stories
  • The Cemeteries of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, and Parts of Sandoval and Valencia Counties

View Historic Maps:

Albuquerque Development Resources:


State Register of Cultural Properties and National Register of Historic Places – The City uses federal grant funds to register local historic places so their value is recognized and their preservation made more feasible and likely under preservation rules and financial incentives. Contact the historic preservation planner for the Planning Department at 505-924-3927.

The Albuquerque Museum Photo Archive
2000 Mountain NW
Albuquerque NM 87104

City of Albuquerque Special Collections Library
423 Central NE
Albuquerque NM 87102

The Albuquerque Conservation Association (TACA)
PO Box 946
Albuquerque NM 87103
[email protected]

The Archaeological Conservancy
5301 Central Avenue NE, Suite 1218
Albuquerque NM 87108
[email protected]

Historic Preservation Division, New Mexico Dept. of Cultural Affairs
Bataan Memorial Building
407 Galisteo Street, Suite 236
Santa Fe, NM 87501

New Mexico Heritage Preservation Alliance
PO Box 2490
Santa Fe NM 87504
[email protected]

Technical Preservation Services
National Park Service
Room NC200
1849 C Street NW
Washington DC 20240
[email protected]

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Southwest Office
500 Main Street, Suite 1030
Fort Worth TX 76102

Staff Contacts

For questions or more information, contact the publications desk at (505) 924-3861 or the Senior Planner for historic preservation at 505-924-3927.