The End's in Sight — A Year After A Ground Breaking Experience

January 12, 2016  •  14 Comments

The corner of 3rd Street and Silver.


A year ago today I stood among the small crowd who had gathered to witness a ground breaking experience on the eve of construction of the Imperial Building in Downtown Albuquerque. After the local politicians spoke, they donned hard hats, stuck their silver shovels into the soil and broke ground. A year later the color coat is almost complete and within another 3 months the Imperial Building should be finished. I photographed the progress of the construction almost every week until the building got to the point where there was less visible changes on the exterior each week. You can see an animated gif of the building going up at over the past year at


The east side of the building on 2nd Street. The building is distorted from my super-wide-ange lens.


The front of the building on Silver distorted by my super-wide-angle lens.


The west side of the building on 3rd Street with a little less distortion.


The west and north side of the building from 3rd Street. The workers applying the color coat.


Below are links to the progress I posted of the past year:

The Eve Of Construction: A Groundbreaking Experience


More Progress

Construction Progress

Hole-eee, Hole-eeE, Hole-eEE

25K Gallons

Iron Grid

Continuing Construction

As the Building Rises

Three Weeks and a Third Story

View from the Ground Level

Three to Four

Seven Photos Four Stories

Scratch Coat

Brown Coat



T & L Photos
Hi Angelo. I looked at the FB page and that looks great. Thank you very much. I really appreciate it.
T & L Photos
Hi David, our office is two doors down from Patrician Design at 220 Gold. You are welcome to stop in any time you are in the area. I have a lot of photos of the construction.
T & L Photos
Thanks, Susan. It has a good look and feel to it.
Angelo Baca(non-registered)
Thanks for sharing this. I just put links up to your blog on the YES Housing, Inc. Facebook page ( Great photos and GIF.
David Silverman(non-registered)
Thank you SO MUCH for capturing these amazing photos. I would love to meet you and thank you in person. This project has turned into a labor of love, mostly because of all the community support! The documentation of its progress is most appreciated! Thank you again. Best Regards
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