Demolition No Longer Delayed
New Mexico is the land of manana and the demolition that was scheduled on this building last month began just this week. DeBaca Hall was a women's residence at Eastern New Mexico University built in 1962-- a splendid example of Eames era architecture. I lived there in 1973. It has stood empty for many years and the university scrapped plans to refurbish it and will instead build a park on the lot.
A glamour shot of ENMU's DeBaca Hall taken last month.
I took a walk a few minutes ago because it is such a beautiful fall day in Portales --about 70 degrees. With camera in hand, I wandered over to the campus and took the following snapshots. There is a lone workman spraying the debris to keep down the residue of asbestos as the brick and mortar comes crashing down around him.
Had I been involved in the designing of the proposed park, I might have tried to figure out a way to retain and bolster the distinctive front entrance that always looked to me like The Flying Nun's wimple and build the park around it. The concrete structure would have made a nice shade much needed in this desert location with so few trees. University spokesman, Scott Smart, indicates that the park will be xeriscaped which means gravel on the ground and drought resistant plants.
I have nothing more to say about the demolition except goodbye, DeBaca Hall. I'll miss your dignified presence in the town.