STOP #1 - Holiday Home Tour starts at Santa Fe Woman's Club
1616 Old Pecos Trail
Here you'll pick up your booklet with ticket, addresses, and map.
The New Mexico Governor's Mansion is the first home on our tour.
It will only be open from 10:00am - 12:00pm.
TRAILHEAD PROJECT: IN THE “RAILYARD/BACA” INNOVATION ZONE
This property rents out as an AirBandB. It is decorated to welcome guests for a New Year's Eve Party!
The TRAILHEAD Project features short- and long-term rental units, professional offices, landscaped grounds and the new “Cafecito” coffee/restaurant in a renovated former industrial building. TRAILHEAD Project exemplifies the qualities of innovation and imagination you’ll see throughout Railyard/Baca.
Once a sort of urban frontier, Railyard/Baca is attracting an eclectic collection of artists and designers, small businesses, services, entrepreneurs, homeowners, renters and restaurants drawn to the iconic qualities of this “niche” neighborhood …. an exciting new modern dynamic in this historic working district.
The wedged-shaped Baca area once served as a coal and fuel storage yard for the Denver & Rio Grande and New Mexico Central railways, connected to the North Railyard site by a still-visible old rail alignment across the area currently occupied by School of the Deaf. The ten acres of the original site had no paved through streets, but haul trucks exited by surrounding local roads through the adjacent Baca neighborhood.
Look for these street names in Railyard/Baca!
SHOOFLY: Temporary track used to avoid an obstacle that blocks movement on the normal track section.
RAILFAN: A person interested, recreationally, in rail transport
FLAGMAN: A person who gives signals with flags (particularly on a railroad)
In 2015, the home owner moved to Santa Fe from Oakland, CA. She was very excited to find this Santa Fe property, an authentic 1956 Mid-Century Modern home which had been beautifully remodeled in 2006. The remodel stayed true to the original style by saving the best architectural elements while renovating, updating, and revitalizing the rest of the home. All landscaping was redesigned and replanted beginning in Spring 2016, with the exception of mature trees that were incorporated into the new plan.
The open concept living room/dining room/office, while very modern, is enhanced by the original stone fireplace from 1956. French doors lead to a charming garden and patios enjoyed in spring, summer, and fall.
As you walk through the house, enjoy the eclectic art collection, vintage salt-glaze stoneware and yellow mixing bowls, Talavera pottery from the Uriarte factory in Puebla, Mexico, vast vinyl record collection, and many mementos from her world travels.
The home owner believes in the Navajo philosophy:
Live and walk in the beauty way –
in balance and in harmony with respect for others,
for yourselves, and for the world around you.
This homeowner, who also owns a well-known Christmas Shop in downtown Santa Fe, spent her high school years in Germany and has a vast collection of ornaments from that country. Germany has contributed much to the Christmas traditions we enjoy today.
Many of the owner’s ornaments, collected over fifty years, are pre-World War II. One of her trees has real clip-on candles as well as a lovely baked and painted Santa and a Spanish Baby Jesus with glass eyes.
A second tree is set in a San Felipe Pueblo pot with all New Mexican ornaments representing Pueblo, Navaho, Apache, New Mexican, Spanish, and Anglo styles. Some of her own work has been accepted into the Smithsonian’s collection.
A collection of nativities are scattered throughout the home. The owner is also the author of several books on all things Christmas, covering traditions from around the world and the Southwest. These books and a huge variety of ornaments can be found in her shop.
This Eldorado adobe is surrounded by mountain ranges, green belts and the beauty of the high desert, where every sunrise, sunset and season is a treat for the senses. Five years ago the family moved from the east coast and a three-story Cape Cod home to Eldorado and a one-story adobe built in the seventies. Life-altering, yes, but life-enhancing is how they describe the change.
The four-bedroom, three-bath home has a large open living space great for entertaining family and friends. It’s surrounded by walls that create private garden retreats. The home is filled with original art by the owner and artisans from all corners of the world. In every nook and cranny, you’ll find treasures acquired over the years, be it an unusual shell or a Native American carving in a cottonwood root — creating a home that's “one of a kind” in every way. You are invited to explore the active painting studio and ceramic/metalsmith studio. The owner will be happy to answer any questions regarding her pieces and how they were created.
The owners’ holiday decorating reflects the culture of the Southwest and Mexico. A special feature is the holiday tree covered in paper origami ornaments. The vibrant colors provide a feast for the eyes that will envelop you in that special festive feeling of the season!
This home in Eldorado reflects the owners' interests in art and traveling.
Their primary collecting interest has been contemporary Native American and Hispanic art from local Santa Fe artists. "We enjoy knowing and supporting local artists." They have fortunately been able to travel over much of the world. There is always the temptation to bring back art to stir happy memories. You will find Mexican art, Asian art, Australian art, and Inuit art.
They also like humor in their art, especially in the recycled art, which you will find throughout the house and in the outdoor areas.
The detached small building is a work and project space. It is filled with art from Santa Fe and the First Nations and is inhabited by two crafty creatures who do little work but are entertaining.
This 3000 sq. ft. Eldorado home is full of light with numerous skylights and windows — perfect for the owner’s collection of art gathered throughout her years in Santa Fe. The home, built in the early 2000’s, is nestled in a small forest of trees and bumps up against an arroyo, affording views of the famous Eldorado sunrises and sunsets.
This holiday home is purely traditional -- from ornaments collected on journeys around the world and gifts from family and friends, to a Christmas table set for celebrating with loved ones. As you walk through this three-bedroom, three-bath home you will see original art in every room including watercolors, pastels, encaustic, acrylic and oil paintings purchased from the many wonderful Santa Fe galleries.
“Welcome to my special Holiday Home. I love the holidays and love decorating my home for my family and friends. I am Christmas crazy — from my tree packed with ornaments to the special pillows on my beds. I hope you enjoy it and smile as you see touches of Christmas in every room!"