The Climatic Origins of Santa Fe Architecture:
The traditional architecture of Santa Fe and northern New Mexico has been influenced by many factors including economic forces and at least three cultural ancestries. An oft overlooked factor which has helped shape the unique style of architecture is the special climate of the region.
Northern New Mexico lies on a high desert plateau at an altitude of 7,000 feet above sea level. The attenuated air results in significant daily temperature variation. Forty-degree swings from day to night are common. These daily temperature swings together with the scant rainfall have shaped architectural traditions of this region.