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Old Town Spotlight

The exquisitely restored compound of 19th century adobe structures–which include the owner’s residence and two casitas–are all beautifully re-imagined down to the last detail.

The renovations for the adobe house and Casitas were extensive. The owners reclaimed and reused as many of the original materials as possible, and diligently restored and added some traditional New Mexican details to these unique and historic buildings. Come on in…

1604 Old Town Rd–The Casitas at Old Town–are just east of Tiguex Park, Explora and the Natural History Museum. The 1485sqft adobe-built Main House dates back to the late 19th century; it has two large & private courtyards. The Casitas are both around 500sqft and are also 100+ year old refurbished adobe structures, split into two fully-functioning casitas, each with private, native southwestern-planted courtyard gardens. Restoration includes vigas, kiva fireplaces, a ramada, flooring, and a wall buttress.

The owners reclaimed & reused old shutters, and purchased Taos-made, Penasco-style & Mexican mesquite doors. Includes numerous 1930’s New Mexico Revival punched tin light fixtures, & some comb-painted fixtures (to the right).

All areas include original red brick, saltillo, cantera tile, or wood flooring; thermal double-pane windows throughout. During remodel, the owners discovered a hidden nicho, and re-discovered and recreated a hidden front entry Portal.To complete an old New Mexican tradition, the owners installed a hollowed-out Native American pot atop the Chimney of the Main House, for good luck.

I was hoping to hold an Open House at the Casitas at Old Town, so folks could see the wonderful example of an Old Town Revival style; however, after twelve days on the market, we received a close-to-full-price offer, and the owner accepted.

Photos. Page One below drawing: library door with hardware; Northern NM Penasco-style Casita door; 1930’s NM Revival punched tin light fixture. Bottom: X-Mas in Old Town.

Page Two, clockwise from top left: Main House entry cantera tile; three more NM Revival tin fixtures; cabinet doors from re-claimed shutters; Main House Living Room; Main House Library; Kitchen Talavera Tile in Casita B.

This Page, clockwise from directly above: Main House Ivy Courtyard; Casita Courtyard; Front Portal; Casitas Front.

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