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Occidental Life Building, Albuquerque

Occidental Life Building, Albuquerque

The Occidental Life Building is a historic building located in downtown Albuquerque. It is a unique example of U.S. Venetian Gothic Revival architecture, modeled after Doge's Palace in Venice. It was designed by Henry C. Trost of the El Paso architectural firm Trost & Trost, and built for the Occidental Life Insurance Company in 1917.
The building's most significant feature is the white terra cotta facade, which wraps around the south and east sides of the building with bright white terra cotta tile and decorated with elaborate floral patterns. A row of pointed arches runs along each facade below a row of quatrefoil windows. When originally built, the Occidental Life Building had an overhanging cornice and wide arcades between the arches and the building proper. After a 1934 fire gutted the building, the roofline was rebuilt to more closely resemble Doge's and the interior office space was expanded, removing the arcades. The interior was rebuilt as a two-story office building in 1981, keeping the terra cotta exterior intact.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Occidental Life Building on Map

Sight Name: Occidental Life Building
Sight Location: Albuquerque, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Create Your Own Walk in Albuquerque

Create Your Own Walk in Albuquerque

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Downtown Walking Tour

Downtown Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 Km or 1.2 Miles
Albuquerque Old Town Walk

Albuquerque Old Town Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles