Work begins on the Historic Armijo House in Downtown Las Cruces, NM
A pictorial account of the work being done by TEG member Pat Taylor and company.
“Once the historical integrity of a building is lost, it’s usually gone for good. But thanks to great timing, a sharp eye and more than a little bit of luck, the Nestor Armijo House will get a chance to get some of its integrity back. Located downtown on Amador Avenue, it was the first two-story house in Las Cruces, and the first building recognized by the Doña Ana County Historical Society in 1967. It landed on the National Historic Register in 1976. Over the last several years, deep cracks have appeared on its sinking west side as it has sat vacant. In late 2011, the house’s owner, Citizens’ Bank of Las Cruces, deeded it to the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce, which intends on making it its new home. The newly formed Mesilla Valley Preservation group, led by Eric Liefeld, had already emerged as one of the house’s most impassioned advocates, and was tapped to help uncover its history. Las Cruces businessman Nestor Armijo built much of it around the early 1880s, and it has lived multiple lives, first as a beloved family home and later as an office space.”
Written by Christopher Schurtz
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