The Pueblo is made entirely of adobe — earth mixed with water and straw, then either poured into forms or made into sun-dried bricks. The walls are frequently several feet thick. The roofs of each of the five stories are supported by large timbers hauled down from the mountain forests. Smaller pieces of wood are placed side-by-side on top of the large timbers; then the whole roof is covered with packed dirt. The outside surfaces of the Pueblo are continuously maintained by replastering with think layers of mud. Interior walls are carefully coated with thin washes of white earth to keep them clean and bright. The Pueblo is actually many individual homes, built side-by-side and in layers, with common walls but no connecting doorways. In earlier days there were no doors or windows and entry was gained only from the top.
The North-Side Pueblo is said to be one of the most photographed and painted buildings in the Western Hemisphere. It is the largest multi storied pueblo structure still existing.
This is a picture of me with our guide–a university student who supplements his income by narrating tours of the Pueblo. I asked him if he was often asked to pose for pictures with tourists. He told me that yes, he did get lots of requests, but he didn’t mind as he thought it was neat to be in photo albums all over the world.
After visiting the Pueblo, we headed into Taos to the Taos Plaza. Our bus parked in a parking lot within walking distance of a quilt shop–Taos Adobe Quilting.
This is a picture of me outside the shop.
The shop was small but jam packed with colourful fabrics.