ShowHouse Santa Fe 2017

A community of established Santa Fe interior designers gathered in a unique design show house collaborative benefitting the non-profit organization Dollars4Schools based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Santa Fe Interior Designers Co-Founders of this Interior Design Venue are Jennifer Ashton, Allied ASID and David Naylor of David Naylor Interiors. 

The House History ShowHouse Santa Fe 2016

What began as a simple 2,378 square foot adobe home and guest house from the late 1920s has grown over the years to become an intriguing estate of over 8,000 square feet. 

Little is known about the home's earliest years. It is estimated that is was built between 1923 and 1928. The property it sits on and the surrounding areas were acquired by the White sisters, Amelia Elizabeth and Martha, in the early 1940s. The White sisters historic property "El Delirious" is just across the arroyo and the original structure can be seen in the background of photos from their home. 

 

Background of a 1928 photograph by T. Harmon Parkhurst from the papers of Martha and Elizabeth White. AC18:418:33a, School of Advanced Research.

The home became a part of a 9 lot subdivision established by the De Vargas Development Co., owned by the White Sisters, in 1941.

1941 Plat of Subdivision Number Three, De Vargas Development Company

In the year's that followed, several artists called the house home. This neighborhood was the heart of the Santa Fe artists' and writers' colonies during the first half of the last century. Renowned artist Raymond Jonson was one of the original art trailblazers who lived and worked inside the adobe walls of this amazing estate. He was part of The Transcendental Painting Group (1938-1942) co-founded along with Taos Painter Emil Bistram. Other noteworthy residents included German woodcut artist Gustave Baumann and poet Witter Bynner. 

 

(From Left to Right) Raymond Jonson, Gustave Baumann, Witter Bynner

In the late 1960s, the first round of additions began by expanding the Kitchen and adding a Master Suite and Workshop on to the main house. A late 1980s expansion connected the original structure to the Guest House. This addition also expanded the Main House with an additional 2,000 square feet.  The beautiful central Atrium was created. With the last set of additions happening in the early 1990s, no original entry remains but one exterior wall can still be seen once you are within the property wall and set high on that wall remains a singular window that is believed to be the oldest window on site.

A diagram showing the floor plan with the dates associated with the additions courtesy of Lorn Tryk.

We look forward to you joining us at this year's ShowHouse Santa Fe Home Tours to explore this amazing property.   Get Your Tickets  [HERE].

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