Historic Houses and Sites in Taos

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CONTENTS

Taos Pueblo scrolldown

Taos Plaza scrolldown

The Bent House scrolldown

The Firehouse Collection scrolldown

Kit Carson Home scrolldown

Stables Art Center scrolldown

The Blumenschein Home scrolldown

The Harwood Museumof Art scrolldown

The Millicent Rogers Museum scrolldown

The Martinez Hacienda scrolldown

The Ranchos Church scrolldown

The Taos Art Museumscrolldown

 

Taos Pueblo is the oldest of the communities of Taos. Situated just north of the town of Taos, at the foot of Taos mountain, the Pueblo's two main buildings are the oldest continuously occupied structures in the United States. Nine hundred years old and virtually unchanged in the 400 years since the white man first saw them, these buildings are the sensitive attempt of a reverent people to build in harmony with the natural beauty around them. Taos Pueblo is open daily, with occasional exceptions for private ceremonies.

Taos Plaza
Much of the historic town of Taos can be enjoyed on foot. Taos Plaza, ringed by galleries, shops, restaurants and adventures in history, is the heart of Taos. At the Plaza, the US flag flies day and night, as permitted by an act of Congress after Kit Carson and his friends stood guard over their flag to protect it from Confederate sympathizers during the Civil War. Most of the buildings around the plaza are old; however, since Taos has always been plagued by fires, none of the plaza's buildings predate the 19th century. On the south side of the plaza is La Fonda hotel, which contains an exhibit of D.H. Lawrence paintings once banned in London.

The Bent House
Northwest of the plaza is one of Taos' most charming shopping areas: the John Dunn boardwalk and Bent Street. On Bent Street is the home of Charles Bent, the first US territorial governor of New Mexico. Governor Bent was killed in his home during the 1847 rebellion. The Bent House is now a museum containing 19th century memorabilia and relics of the uprising. Governor Bent House is open daily; Tel 575-758-2376.

The Firehouse Collection
North of Bent Street on the corner of Armory Street and Placitas Road, is the Taos Volunteer Fire Department, home of The Firehouse Collection. More than 100 works of Taos artists are on display--including great Taos pioneers Joseph Sharp, Ernest Blumenschein, O.E. Berninghaus, Leon Gaspard, Bert Phillips, E.I. Couse, Walter Ufer and Victor Higgins. Usually open Monday-Friday; Tel 575-758-3386.

Kit Carson Home
One block east of the Plaza, on Kit Carson Road, is the Kit Carson Home remote a National Historic Landmark which was once the home of the famous scout and his family. Now a museum and open to the public, the Carson Home is filled with artifacts, tools, weapons and other 19th century Western Americana. The Carson Home is open daily; Tel 575-758-4741.

Stables Art Center
Further south on North Pueblo Road, next door to the historic, rambling Taos Inn is the Stables Art Center, the visual arts gallery of the Taos Center for the Arts and former home of Arthur Manby, whose unsavory history included securing himself behind barred doors and guard dogs for many of his 30 years in Taos. The Stables presents changing exhibits from time to time. Tel 575-758-2036.

The Blumenschein Home
On narrow, picturesque LeDoux Street, one finds the home of Ernest Blumenschein and the Harwood Foundation. Blumenschein's house, built in 1797, is a National Historic Landmark. Blumenschein bought it in 1919 and restored it with European elegance and the charm and beauty of Taos. The Blumenschein Home remote recreates a colorful picture of the early Taos Society of Artists. Open daily; Tel 575-758-0330.

The Harwood Museum of Art
In 1860, Captain Smith Simpson, a contemporary of Kit Carson, built the core of The Harwood Museum remote as his home. The Harwood is a repository for the work of many painters who have lived in Taos, Mabel Dodge Luhan's santo collection and a collection of wood sculptures by Patrociño Barela article. Open daily; Tel 575-758-3063.

The Millicent Rogers Museum
The Millicent Rogers Museum remote was opened to the public in 1956 to assure that its patron's extensive collection remained in Taos. The core of the collection is Native American jewelry, textiles, basketry, pottery and paintings assembled during the 1940s by Millicent Rogers, a woman of wealth and distinction. In 1968 the Museum moved to its present handsome adobe building, the former home of Claude J.K. Anderson. The Millicent Rogers Museum is four miles north of Taos and is open daily. Tel 575-758-2462 / Museum Store: Tel 575-758-4316.

Taos Art Museum
In 1927 renowned Russian artist Nicolai Fechin [1881-1955] began building his new home here in Taos, New Mexico. Today the home and his studio stand as landmarks symbolizing the colorful history of art in Taos. The home and studio are filled with Fechin's woodcarvings of ornately carved doors, doorways and cabinets. Taos became an artist's "mecca" and home to the Taos Society of Arts. The Fechin home is on the National Register of Historic Places and the home and studio are the home of the Taos Art Museum remote. The Taos Art Museum is located in front of the Fechin Inn, two blocks from the Taos Plaza. Tel 575-758-2690 .

The Martinez Hacienda
The Martinez Hacienda remote, two miles west of Taos Plaza on Ranchitos Road, was bought by Don Antonio Severino Martinez in 1804 and was added on to through 1827. The hacienda is on the National Historic Registry, and is one of the few restored examples of New Mexican Spanish Colonial architecture and life. The hacienda's 21 rooms and two courtyards are the site of the Old Taos Trade Fair each fall. Martinez Hacienda is open daily. Tel 575-758-1000.

Ranchos de Taos
Just south of Taos is the village of Ranchos de Taos, settled by the Spanish in 1716. The Church of St Francis of Assisi is one of the Southwest's most famous churches--it has been painted and photographed by countless artists who have lived in or passed through northern New Mexico. The Ranchos Church article, built in 1772, is fortresslike, with adobe walls four feet thick and enormous buttresses. The feast of St Francis is celebrated in the church and village on October 4 and the church is always open to respectful visitors.

An excellent authoritative guidebook for New Mexico

Chilton, Chilton, Arango, Dudley, and Stelzner. Touring New Mexico. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press remote 414 pages; 100 drawings; 22 maps; paperback


Related Pages

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E I Couse Historic Home and Studio article


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