Apr 20, 2017

Historic Santa Fe Museum Made of Adobe Walls to Get Upgrade


One of the most architecturally and historically important structures in New Mexico is on the verge of being rehabilitated.

The Old Santa Fe Trail Building, which was built by workers with the New Deal’s Civilian Conservation Corps in the late 1930s, is thought to be the largest functioning adobe office building in the country.

Located at 1100 Old Santa Fe Trail, the 24,000 square foot structure has served as the headquarters for the National Park Service and houses an extensive collection of Navajo art and Cochita, Santa Clara, and San Idlefonso pueblo pottery.

Now officials with the National Park Service have announced plans to rehabilitate the structure, replacing the exterior stucco, adding a new roof and re-enforcing its adobe walls.

Work on the building, which was made from 280,000 adobe bricks originally excavated on the eight-acre site, is expected to begin in 2018.

The roughly seventy-member staff of the National Park Service working in the structure will be temporarily relocated until rehabilitation of the building is completed, most likely in 2019.


By Garry Boulard

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