Rio Arriba County

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Rio Arriba is named after the Spanish designation of the region meaning “upper river”.          

 

Created:   January 29 1852 

County Seat:

San Pedro de Chamita   1852

Los Luceros                    1852 – 1860

Plaza de Alcade              1860 – 1880

Tierra Amarilla                 1880 – present

 

County Courthouse – Tierra Amarilla  

 

Location:  7 Main Street – Highway 512 / Highway 162

Built:  1916 – 1917

Style:  Spanish Classical Revival

Architect:  Issac Hamilton Rapp

Contractor:  C M Campbell & R E Campbell of Santa Fe

 

Description: The building faces north and is a two story buff colored brick structure. The north front has three arches on the first story with a recessed entrance. Above the entrance are four white columns faming three windows. Around the roof edge is a white wide border projecting from the building. on the north side of the building is the County Administration Building.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1880 when Rio Arriba became the county seat. The courthouse was demolished when the present courthouse was constructed.

 

See:  The architect, Issac Hamilton Rapp, also designed courthouses in Colorado in Las Animas County, in New Mexico in Chaves County and in Texas in Donley County.

 

County Administration – Tierra Amarilla  

 

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Location:  10 Main Street – Highway 512 / Highway 162

Built:  1999 – 200

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Architectural Alliance, Inc.

Contractor:  Star Construction, Inc.

 

Description: The building faces south and is a one story buff colored brick structure. The building forms a “U” shape with an east and west wing. The south front has a small plaza with central entrance. The roof is hipped. 

 

Courthouses: 

N – Archuleta County, Colorado and Conejos County, Colorado 

E – Taos County and Mora County

S – Santa Fe County, Los Alamos County and Sandoval County

W – San Juan County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2007 and 2016