Carlisle Gymnasium

Carlisle Gymnasium is an indoor arena on the campus of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was the home of the New Mexico Lobos basketball team from its opening in 1928 until the completion of the larger Johnson Gymnasium in 1957, and was also the original venue of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.[4] The building currently houses the university's Elizabeth Waters Center for Dance.[2]

Carlisle Gymnasium
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Carlisle Gymnasium
Carlisle Gymnasium is located in New Mexico
Carlisle Gymnasium
Carlisle Gymnasium is located in the United States
Carlisle Gymnasium
Location301 Yale Blvd. NE[2]
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Coordinates35°05′01″N 106°37′22″W / 35.08361°N 106.62278°W / 35.08361; -106.62278Coordinates: 35°05′01″N 106°37′22″W / 35.08361°N 106.62278°W / 35.08361; -106.62278
ArchitectGaastra, Gladding and Johnson
Architectural stylePueblo revival
NRHP reference No.88001541[1]
NMSRCP No.1453
Significant dates
Added to NRHPSeptember 22, 1988
Designated NMSRCPJuly 8, 1988[3]

The building was designed by the firm of Gaastra, Gladding and Johnson in the Pueblo Revival architectural style, which was the de facto official style for all new buildings on campus. In a novel application of the style, the architects used stepped massing, vigas, and other Pueblo details to mask the rectilinear form of the gymnasium.[5] The building was completed at a cost of approximately $85,000[6] and was named after Hugh Carlisle, a UNM student who died in World War I.[5] Carlisle Gymnasium was added to the New Mexico State Register of Cultural Properties and the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.[3]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "UNM Building List by Campus, by Building Name" (PDF). University of New Mexico. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 January 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Listed State and National Register Properties" (PDF). New Mexico Historic Preservation Commission. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 April 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  4. ^ "History". New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. Archived from the original on 18 March 2009. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Historic Cultural Properties Inventory Forms" (PDF). UNM Getty Campus Heritage Project. University of New Mexico. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  6. ^ Hooker, Van Dorn (2000). Only in New Mexico: An Architectural History of the University of New Mexico. Albuquerque: UNM Press. p. 307. ISBN 0826321356.