Favorite New Deal Site: The Old Santa Fe Trail Building, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Courtesy, NPS

At end of the 900-mile Santa Fe Trail is the largest adobe building in use in the U.S. A stone’s throw from the wagon-rutted historic trail, the Old Santa FeTrail Building is considered a masterpiece of Spanish Pueblo Revival architecture. Its courtyards, fountain, patio and stone walkways were all built by the Civilian Conservation Corps between 1937 and 1939—largely by hand, using local materials. Native American and Hispanic New Mexican corpsmen applied traditional crafts and designs throughout the building and produced many of its furnishings. The landmark building serves as the Regional Headquarters for the National Park Service and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The site is temporarily closed to the public for repairs. Coming full circle, New Mexican members of the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps are taking part in the restoration.

— Susan Ives

Tell us about your Favorite New Deal site. Send us a first-person story of 100 (or so) words describing the site and why you chose it. Submissions will appear in future issues of The Fireside! Be sure to include a photo (with photo credit). Send to: [email protected]. Thanks!
Susan Ives is communications director for the Living New Deal and editor of the Living New Deal newsletter.

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