New Mexico December 20, 2017
You’ll Want To Visit These 9 Houses In New Mexico For Their Incredible Pasts
Finding examples of history in New Mexico isn’t difficult. In fact, you just might be standing in one of those historic locations right now! Let’s take a look at nine homes around the state that have not only earned a place in history but are fascinating to visit as well.
1. Ailman House, Silver City
Built in 1881, this house is now home to the Silver City Museum. The interior may not quite demonstrate what life was like in the house but it does have an incredible collection of antique goods that date to Silver City’s early days.
Location: 312 West Broadway, Silver City
2. Chaco Culture National Historical Park
This well-known cultural area features a truly amazing collection of ancient pueblos, so it’s no wonder it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Plan to spend a few hours here to see the pueblos and the beautiful landscape up close.
3. De Vargas House, Santa Fe
Constructed in 1646, this is one of the oldest houses in the country and you could probably consider it even older if you count the ancient pueblo part the home sits on. Inside, you’ll find exhibits that demonstrate how the house may have looked and been used in its early days.
You can read more about the house in
one of our previous articles
Location: 215 East De Vargas Street, Santa Fe
4. Ernest L. Blumenschein House, Taos
Named after painter Ernest Blumenschein, portions of this home, which were built back in 1797, are actually much older than its famed owner. Inside, you’ll find an amazing demonstration of what life looked like for artists in the early 20th century since much of the home’s interior has remained the same.
Location: 222 Ledoux Street, Taos
5. Georgia O’Keeffe Abiquiu Home and Studio, Abiquiu
Ghost Ranch may be O’Keeffe’s better known home but this one is still a stunning example of Southwestern architecture. The house is a bit hidden away but on a tour you’ll get a chance to see how environment informed her life and work.
6. Gutiérrez-Hubbell House, Albuquerque
Built during New Mexico’s territorial period, the Gutiérrez-Hubbell House demonstrates an intersection of cultures with the marriage between an American from Connecticut and the daughter of a powerful New Mexican family. The home acts as both a museum, venue, and demonstration of life during the time period.
Location: 6029 East Isleta Boulevard SW, Albuquerque
7. La Hacienda de los Martinez, Taos
Built in 1804, this home is absolutely massive with 21 rooms and thick walls built like a fortress. In here, you’ll get a chance to see what frontier life was like for New Mexicans, with rooms set up like they would have been during the era.
Location: 708 Hacienda Way, Taos
8. Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Taos
Now a hotel and conference center, this house dates to 1800 but it was a 1917 purchase by writer Mabel Dodge Luhan that led to the home’s preservation. The home/hotel eventually became a retreat for other artists, including Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams. If you book a stay, you can choose from one of the 21 rooms that feature beautiful architecture and great lighting.
Location: 240 Morada Lane, Taos
9. Taos Pueblo, Taos
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site featured on our list, Taos Pueblo is one of the oldest structures in the state. It may have been built as early as 1000 AD and around 150 people still live in the pueblo full-time.
Location: 120 Veterans Highway, Taos
Those places look pretty amazing! How many have you visited? Are there any others you would add to this list?
If you want to check out more historical areas around the state, be sure to read
You Must Add These Magnificent Ruins To Your New Mexico Bucket List.