MLS #202233463 $1,595,000
Nestled amongst mature trees, shrubs and flowers along the Acequia Madre is this wonderful historical property that speaks beautifully of early Santa Fe, not just through its age, but through the historical figures who owned and cared for it throughout the years. The "Garcia-Stevenson" house is a fine example of a Spanish Pueblo-style home with some parts dating back before 1848. The floor plan is linear with thick adobe walls and both floor levels and ceilings vary in height. Rooms were added and subtracted throughout the years as families grew. These are all traits of the earliest style of homes built by Europeans in Santa Fe. Official records state that in the 1800s there were 2 dwellings on the property belonging to Antonio Maria Archuleta, who sold it to Rafael Garcia in 1848. Julia Muller de Garcia joined the houses together sometime in the 1900s and left the property to her children when she passed. The Garcias and "de Garcias" owned the property for over 73 years.
A few others left their mark on this home over the years: In the 1920s Kate Chapman bought one of the houses and a year later, the other. She was a pioneer in adobe restoration and her husband, Kenneth was an anthropologist and artist; Phillip Stevenson, active in Santa Fe's Art Colony, was a writer, playwright and screenwriter who left for Hollywood in 1939. His wife, Gladys, sold the house in 1952 to painter, renovator, Thomas Brown, who eventually divided the property once again, selling the eastern half to Faith and John Gaw Meem, architect, and remodeling the other home for Marian ne Gebhardt, who connected an outbuilding to the house to form Children's Patio Day School; Artemy von Horvath, bio-chemist, and R.W. Reisacher, architect, also spent much of their lives here. In the early 1950s several doors and walls were decorated with paintings primarily by Bernique Longly, a well-known Santa Fe artist. Each owner cared for the house/houses and kept them as original as possible. Floors range from brick to wood to tile to flagstone to carpet. Hand-hewn vigas and beams give way to coved ceilings. Walls alternate from double adobe with hand-plaster and rounded edges to frame walls with angular shapes. Windows are big and small, divided and singular. Arched glass doorways, hand-carved wooden doors, and hand-painted doors are all at home here, adding still more charm to this home. Like an intriguing maze this home opens and closes and leads from one room to the next.
The entry portal of the house opens to a studio with kitchen, sitting room with kiva fireplace, bedroom and patio. Adjacent is a full bath and two more bedrooms. The kitchen is large and long with doorways from the outside, the sun room, big portal and dining room with its own kiva. The dining room opens into the living room with kiva and door to the portal. The living room in turn opens into a music room with kiva, and a library, den/bedroom and half bath.
The guest suite has a living room with fireplace, a bedroom with kiva and good-sized closet, 3⁄4 bath, laundry room, and kitchen.This charming slice of life is in the heart of downtown Santa Fe, just waiting for the right owners to add a bit of their own history to the legacy.