The logging industry in New Mexico booms, and the American Lumber Co. establishes operations in Albuquerque. The company built a 110-acre complex in the Sawmill District to produce milled lumber, doors, and shingles. The company grew to become the largest manufacturing company in the Southwest by 1908 and employed over 1,000 men in Albuquerque (even more than the railroad!). The lumber complex had its own fire department and medical staff, and what created a dedicated rail spur for the company.
The Frank Paxton Lumber Co. opened its new showroom and warehouse on Bellamah Ave. in Albuquerque on October 13, 1958. The family-owned business was the “Home of Beautiful Woods” and produced wood paneling and other hardwood products. The new location, designed by Lawrence A. Garcia, architect and built by the J. Porter Construction Co., housed offices and warehouse within 25,000 square feet and cost $200,000 to build.
The Sawmill Market concept for an urban food hall was realized. The urban market was decided to be set in the historic lumber warehouse in the Sawmill District.
The Market is a cornerstone of the Sawmill District Development project which aims to revive the sawmill neighborhood to the vibrancy that existed in this space in the early 20th century.
The market will house 17 individual local merchants, a brew pub, a wine bar, restaurants and a mercantile. At the center is THE YARD, an outdoor dining + play space.
The historic lumberyard building transformed into a 34,000-square-foot food hall, outdoor gathering place, and community gathering hall for Albuquerque, showcasing the beauty of New Mexico through food, diversity, and art.
The industrial-yet-modern design incorporates regional elements with a nod to the historical roots of the area. The floor-to-ceiling steel frame windows highlight the open and airy space filled with natural light.
Garage doors leading to the patio and plentiful outdoor space set in an atmosphere for enjoying New Mexico weather. Piñon wood-burning fireplaces and fire pits create a warm and comforting ambiance in the cooler months.