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 and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the town. The north front has three arches on the first story with a recessed entrance. Above the entrance are four white columns framing 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the town. 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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County Courthouse

 

 

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Commissioner Minutes – contractor

 

 

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County Administration

 

 

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Photos taken 2007 and 2016