Then and Now

A rich part of our city’s history, between the late 1800s and early 1900s, this location was a bustling epicenter for industry along the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad; first as agricultural land, then owned by the American Lumber Company, the largest lumber company in the Southwest. Today, this space is being reimagined and remodeled into Sawmill Market – Albuquerque’s first artisanal food hall.


Sawmill market restoration

The historic lumberyard building is undergoing a dramatic transformation into a new 34,000-square-foot central marketplace, food hall, and outdoor gathering space. This building that was once home to over 800 sawmill employees will now serve as a community gathering hall for Albuquerque showcasing the beauty of New Mexico through food, diversity, and art.

An industrial-yet-modern design will incorporate regional design elements with a nod towards conveying the sawmill roots of the area. Floor-to-ceiling steel frame windows highlight an open and airy space filled with natural light. Garage doors leading to patios and plentiful outdoor space set the atmosphere for enjoying pristine New Mexico weather in the warmer months. Piñon wood-burning fireplaces and fire pits create a warm and comforting ambiance in the cooler months.


The Sawmill Market concept

The Sawmill Market concept for an urban food hall is realized. The urban market will be set in a 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 renewal of the lumber facility has been undertaken by an outstanding team of professionals to create an experience that is unique and yet true to our community.

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 dine + play space.


Paxton Lumber Co.

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.


American Lumber Company

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 a dedicated rail spur was created for the company.


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