Nob Hill mural honors original Albuquerque spelling

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque has gone through a lot of changes over the years and not just the city itself. Originally called La Villa de Alburquerque by Spanish settlers, then to Alburquerque and then finally shortened again to the common spelling of Albuquerque. Somewhere between the year 1706 to today, the city named for the Duke of Spain lost the letter “r.” However, it’s now back on a wall in the form of a mural in Nob Hill.

“Sometime during the anglo period, the ‘r’ was lost and there’s a bit of a struggle about sort of branding our city whether it’s ‘q,’ ‘burque’ and I like wanted to make people conscious of where that ‘burque’ word comes from,” said mural artist Larry Bob Phillips.

When Nob Hill Main Street commissioned artist Phillips to adorn the exterior wall of Artisan art supply store, Phillips thought it’d be a perfect way to honor the Duke City’s original spelling.

“I hope that the energy of the image, the sort of activity, the sky sort of cosmic cartoon effect, the difficulty and the sort of stridency of the letters, I want them to just feel energized that it’s a tight contrast dynamic image that speaks to where we live,” said Phillips.

In addition to highlighting the name “Alburquerque”, it’s also bringing some well deserved attention to Nob Hill for it’s unveiling. Nob Hill Main Street has a competition scheduled for the event with an incentive for someone to take a creative picture with the mural, that would be a $100 gift certificate to a Nob Hill restaurant for dinner. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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