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Property Name Zimmerman Library
Reference Number 16000549
State NM
County Bernalillo
Town Albuquerque
Street Address 1900 Roma Ave., NE.
Multiple Property Submission Name Buildings Designed by John Gaw Meem MPS
Status Listed 8/22/2016
Areas of Significance Architecture, Art, Landscape Architecture, Education, Politics/Government
Link to full file http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/16000549.pdf
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The Zimmerman Library is eligible for listing in the National Register at the state level of significance under Criterion C in the area of architecture under the Multiple Property Documentation Form, "Buildings of John Gaw Meem" as an example of the associated property type, public and institutional buildings. The library is among the largest and finest work of New Mexico master architect John Gaw Meem, who designed a state-of-the-art academic library in the Spanish Pueblo-Revival style, with a fireproof stacks tower and reading rooms, which are reminiscent of the interiors of Spanish mission churches. The Zimmerman Library is eligible for listing in the National Register at the state level of significance under Criterion C in the area of art because of the four "tricultural" murals in the Great Hall by Kenneth Miller Adams and the furnishings, fixtures, and hardware, many designed by Meem in the Spanish Colonial Revival style and handmade by local craftsman, harmonize with the design of the library. The Zimmerman Library is eligible for listing in the National Register at the state level of significance under Criterion C in the area of landscape architecture because the Castetter Succulent Garden is among the first succulent gardens in New Mexico and in the Southwest. The Zimmerman Library is eligible for listing in the National Register at the state level of significance under Criterion A in the area of education because the library has served as the principal library for University of New Mexico students and residents of the state. The Zimmerman Library is eligible for listing in the National Register at the state level of significance under Criterion A in the area of politics/government because the library, funded by the New Deal programs, the PWA and WPA, represents one of the highest achievements in New Mexico in architecture, art, decorative arts, and landscape architecture during the Great Depression, when only the federal government had the ability to fund large public works projects across the nation.

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