Albuquerque, New Mexico: Bug House - Spaceship House

Wild architecture for a private home. Insect or alien craft -- it's your pick. Also a couple of dinosaur sculptures.
Address:
3501 Monte Vista Blvd, Albuquerque, NM
Directions:
On the northwest corner of Monte Vista Blvd and Marquette Ave. I-25 exit 225. Drive east on Lomas Blvd for about 1.5 miles, then at Jubilation liquor store make a sharp right onto Monte Vista Blvd. Two blocks south, on the right.
Hours:
Private property, visible from road.
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Bug House.

Bug House-Spaceship House

This house was designed by Bart Prince, a protege of Frank Lloyd Wright. It is in wonderful shape and the dinosaur "guards" are still out front. It is a bit difficult to see from the front due to the bushes, but if you go down the side street to the left, you can see a wonderful view of its profile. Be sure to notice the stairs leading to the chimney/turret in the center. The stairway "rails" are vertical shafts.

The neighboring house is very interesting, too. Very angular. The gates to both houses are cleverly designed.

[Margaret, 06/23/2011]

Nov. 2014: Photo added.

Dinosaurs.

Spaceship House Dinosaurs

Unlike the spaceship/bug house at 3501 Monte Vista Blvd., which is mostly obscured by trees and a high fence, these two dinosaurs are in front of the fence next to the sidewalk.

[Joe Boulter, 06/08/2011]

Neighbor of the bug house.

Spaceship House Neighbor

A new house has been built next door to the spaceship house. It is all angles instead of curves, but still has the same cantilevered style.

[Wm Breiland, 04/25/2011]

The Bug House.

Bug House - Spaceship House

It's cool, and super-easy to find.

[AirstreamAcrossAmerica.com, 06/16/2010]
Bughouse - Spaceship House

It apparently isn't a tourist attraction anymore, because there aren't any signs to it and it is almost hidden by the plants around it. It looks all broken and old. But, I wanted to see it anyway, just so I could say I did.

[Deborah Savell, 05/05/2009]

It has functioned as a private residence, not a commercial tourist attraction.

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