The Los Griegos Historic District

Located in the scenic North Valley area of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Los Griegos was originally a grant of lands given Juan Griego in 1708, and annexed by Albuquerque in
the late 1940's and early 1950's.  This quaint neighborhood has an active neighborhood association, many longterm residents, and a myriad of age ranges.  In short, Los Griegos is a great place to live and raise a family!

The Los Griegos Historic District is locally significant because it is the only 19th-century village in Albuquerque’s North Valley which has retained its architectural continuity and cultural traditions. The buildings in Los Griegos are the embodiment of a unique culture that has its base in 18th-century Spanish custom. 

The houses in Los Griegos are primarily owner/community built and are excellent examples of the basic form, growth and continuity of vernacular New Mexican architectural design. Most buildings in the district are single-story, stuccoed, and were built of terrones, sod blocks cut from marsh lands near the river. The vernacular style continues into the twentieth century in Los Griegos with the buildings maintaining a modest appearance with only a hint of give style. 

While the patterns of modern life in Los Griegos are clearly different from those maintained during the village’s days as a farming community, many customs and traditions are continued by long-time village residents. Cooperation in clearing the local ditches of overgrowth is demonstrated each spring among those still having irrigation rights.