Designed for defense as well as shelter, pueblos were often built atop steep mesas.
The design of the buildings appears to be modeled after the Ancestral Pueblo culture (Anasazi) cliff dwellings, houses built in shallow caves and under rock overhangs along the canyon walls.
The buildings in these pueblos were designed to provide defense.
The church at Taos Pueblo is the newest building in the pueblo having been built in 1850 to replace the original pueblo church which was destroyed by the US army in 1847.
Pueblo is a term used to describe modern (and ancient) communities of Native Americans in the Southwestern part of what is now the United States of America.
The Pueblo Revival Style is a regional architectural style of the Southwestern United States which draws its inspiration from the Pueblos and the Spanish missions in New Mexico.
Aviation pioneer, Glenn Curtiss brought the Pueblo Revival style to Florida when he had his house in Miami Springs built in 1925.
Pueblo People still inhabit a number of these villages, which date back a thousand years making them the oldest continuously occupied dwellings in North America.
Acoma Pueblo, also known as "Sky City," was built on top of a 367-foot (112 m) sandstone mesa in New Mexico.
The Spanish word pueblo, evolved from the Latin word populus (people), meaning "town."
The walls of pueblo buildings are made of limestone blocks or large adobe bricks made from clay and water.
Taos Pueblo is another ancient pueblo, approximately 1000 years old.
Multistory buildings usually employ stepped massing similar to that seen at Taos Pueblo.
Pueblo style architecture seeks to imitate the appearance of traditional adobe construction, though more modern materials such as brick or concrete are often substituted.
The people of some pueblos still inhabit centuries-old adobe pueblo buildings.
Pueblo style houses are still frequently constructed in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and elsewhere.
Pueblo style architecture is most prevalent in the state of New Mexico.
Nearly all subsequent university buildings have also employed the Pueblo style, albeit in increasingly loose interpretations.
Today, pueblos have doors on the ground level.
Pueblo revival style may also incorporate several features due to Spanish influence, such as elaborate corbels, porches held up with zapatas, and enclosed patios.