Albuquerque, Old Town

Old Town, Albuquerque

Photos of Old Town

Old Town is Albuquerque, New Mexico’s most historic district, with buildings that date back to the 1700’s. As such, it is a photographic gem, with Adobe architecture and historic details worthy of capture. Many of its gift shops and restaurants are housed in classic warm adobe colors and textures, offering a taste of the earliest beginnings of this city. Here are a few photos captured on various occasions that show a bit of what Old Town has to offer. –Photos by Don Peterson (the man in the Panama hat).

Old Town, Albuquerque - vendors
Old Town, Albuquerque – Native American Vendors

The photo above shows Native American Vendors setting up early in the day in Old Town, Albuquerque. The warm colors and the impromptu pose of these three women makes this one my favorite New Mexico photos of all time.

Old Town, Albuquerque - Gift Shop Display
Old Town Albuquerque, New Mexico Gift Shop Display

What I love most about this photo is the casual mix of New Mexico colors and textures. This is the front door of a gift shop in Old Town, Albuquerque. I think the owner had a beautiful sense of color and design as she would always put the same elements outside of her shop door day after day carefully organized as seen here. On a golden New Mexico afternoon it made a rustic and charming  display that beckoned customers into her shop! If there is one change I’ve seen in Old Town since the first time I visited more than twelve years ago is that some of the newer shop owners do not place the same emphasis on aesthetic details and nuance. It is these little details that really make Old Town a special place.

Old Town, Albuquerque - Gift Shop
Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico Gift Shop

This has always been one of my favorite buildings in Old Town, Albuquerque. Its Victorian style architectural details offer a refreshing contrast to the Spanish-Adobe style construction Old Town is best known for. I captured this photo of this elegant shop more than twelve years ago. This building now houses multiple vendors. As a result, the frontage is cluttered with multiple display signs and odd furniture pieces that don’t coordinate with this beautiful building very well. Aesthetics matter!

Old Town, Albuquerque - Window Display
Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Window Display

I was captivated by the way this colorful dress in an Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico window display coordinated so beautifully with the traditional turquoise window trim of this Adobe styled gift shop. The color palette of  New Mexico culture is quite distinct and very appealing!

Photo: Old Town, Albuquerque

The photo above shows the lovely patina and restful colors of old-world Adobe in a gift shop nestled in a small alcove in Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico. The rich textures and hand-hewn details of Old Town can also be seen in the doorway in the photo below.

Photo: Old Town, Albuquerque - Photo 11

Old Town, Albuquerque does not have the affluent sheen of Santa Fe, New Mexico, its nearby sibling. However, Old Town does have its charms, as seen in the photo below.

Old Town, Albuquerque Storefront
Old Town, Albuquerque Storefront


Capturing Old Town in pre-sunset light gives the Adobe textures and hues a warm glow. This photo was captured on a warm summer evening. It features a detail from the popular La Hacienda Indian Gallery in Old Town.

La Hacienda Indian Gallery, Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico
La Hacienda Indian Gallery, Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico

All photos by Don Peterson.