When your state capital is the oldest capital* in the country, it is not surprising that other buildings in the state will reach the heights of superlatives.
"The Cristo Rey (Christ King) Church (in Santa Fe) is purported to be the largest single construction adobe building in the United States. The structure measures 350 feet long and its adobe walls are from two to nine feet thick. The monumental size of the Cristo Rey Church is relieved by the perfect proportions and the graceful form.... The Cristo Rey Church is undoubtedly one of the finest examples of authentic Santa Fe architecture on an institutional scale.
The story behind the reason for the church's size is an interesting one:
"In the late 1930’s,...newcomers to Santa Fe’s east side decided that they wanted a church of their own and...hired architect John Gaw Meem, (who was to become regarded as principal creator of the Santa Fe architectural style) to design their new place of worship, Cristo Rey Church.
"The architect conceived a structure of grand proportion in order to accommodate one very special request. The parish wanted the new church to incorporate a glorious carved stone retablo (an altar screen).... The retablo being twenty feet wide by forty feet high required a monumental edifice and architect Meem created just that.... Their first mass was held just over a year after construction began in 1940" (gregallegretti.com/cristo-rey-church).
Unfortunately, the church was locked, so we were not able to see the grand retablo.
The statue, Mexico City, and the roses refer to the story:
“On a hill (Tepeyac) on the outskirts of what is now Mexico City, the Blessed Mother appeared to a peasant named Juan Diego in 1531.
* Founded in 1610, Santa Fe is the second oldest city in the United States and is considered both the highest and oldest city that is a state capital in America.