Found mainly in the southwest Pueblo Revival architecture derives its distinct “look” from the Pueblos of the Native Americans and the Spanish Missions in the area. The greatest concentration of them can be found in New Mexico. In the early 1900’s aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss introduced a version of Pueblo Revival architecture to what is now Miami Springs, Florida; attracting a lot of attention. They were most popular in the 1930’s. Originally built out of the materials available (adobe) today they are built from frame or block.
Pueblo Revival was the “hot ticket” in North Scottsdale in the early 1990’s for a few years. That was due to the Citadel which was built around that time. It had a contemporary twist on Pueblo architectural style. Everyone rushed to copy it (mostly poorly).
One of the most recognizable forms of architecture they are typically flat roofs with parapets. Usually one story or a combination of one story and two story elements; they are elongated or roughly rectangular in shape with thick rounded walls The exterior walls are usually covered with stucco painted in an earth tone. The buildings are low with a horizontal organic feeling; second stories are stepped back from the lower structures. Most of them have “vigas” (heavy round timbers) or beams extending through the walls to support the roof. You will see “vigas” on newly built Pueblos; however they are usually cosmetic not structural. There may be “canales” in the parapets which are scuppers or spouts that drain rainwater from the roof. Windows and doors are deep set and simple. Frequently you will see “bancos” which are benches which are built in and protrude from the walls. Often there are “nichos” (niches) on the exterior as well as the interior walls for the display of religious icons.