John Gaw Meem IV (November 17, 1894 – August 4, 1983) was an American architect based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is best known for his instrumental role in the development and popularization of the Pueblo Revival style. Meem is regarded as one of the most important and influential architects to have worked in New Mexico.
Meem’s influence on the city of Santa Fe was manifold. Not only did he design a large number of the city’s most memorable buildings, he also headed the committee which authored the 1957 Historical Zoning Ordinance. This influential law ensured that all future buildings in central Santa Fe would adhere to the vernacular idioms and materials of the old quarter. Allowable design specifications were spelled out in considerable detail, guiding the development of the downtown for decades. With this, the city led the way toward sensitive preservation of historic districts throughout the United States. Though such strict adherence to one building tradition drew criticism, Meem’s design sensibilities continue to influence new construction in Santa Fe today.
John Gaw Meem homes are highly sought after in Santa Fe because it presents an opportunity to own a piece of Santa Fe history. Here is a list of homes that are currently for sale that were designed and or built by Santa Fe’s most famous architect.
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