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UNM Zimmerman Library
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico
2004

The renovation of Zimmerman Library restored the original portion of the library to its former elegance. Designed by John Gaw Meem in 1938, Zimmerman Library is one of the finest examples of ‘pueblo revival’ architecture in the Southwest.

The additions of a new entry, space to house the Center for Southwest Research, and the three-story underground archive storage facility were designed in association with Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson & Abbott, PA of Boston. Distinguished by deep set windows, buttressed walls, a portal and a variegated building mass, the addition seamlessly integrates with the original building.

VHGA also added the Latin American Research and Reading Room to the third floor by extending the building over a rooftop. The Reading Room projects a distinct Latin American ambience through the selected colors, furniture and custom designed light fixtures.