Terra 2022


Wednesday June 8th 


Wednesday afternoon, June 8, will be reserved for walking tours and site visits to provide Terra 2022 participants the opportunity to explore Santa Fe and the area nearby with excellent examples of earthen architectural heritage of the region.

Both walking tours in town and bus tours to sites in the region will be offered on a first come first served basis.

Santa Fe is located just over 7,000 feet (approximately 2,200 meters) above sea level. The sun can be intense, afternoons can be hot, and it is important to stay hydrated. All tours will be easy to moderate in terms of distance and difficulty.

Tours will depart from the Santa Fe Community Convention Center between 1-2pm, and will return between 5-6pm.

Please note that, given the changing circumstances related to the Covid 19 pandemic, tours may be subject to change due to temporary closures of sites. Likewise, if any given tour is not filled, it may be cancelled.  Participants will be notified of any changes ahead of time, and may join another tour or request a refund.

Walking Tours

Walking Tour of Adobe Architecture in Downtown Santa Fe

This two-hour tour will visit twelve adobe structures in Santa Fe, exploring their history and function.  The buildings include homes and public buildings dating across the 19th century.  We will have some access to the interiors of most of the structures.  The tour is a program of Friends of History, a membership group in support of the New Mexico History Museum.

The tour will be led by Michael Ettema, Friends of History, New Mexico History Museum

Cost: Free

Walking Tour of the Barrio de Analco and San Miguel Chapel

This walking tour will go through the Barrio de Analco, which features historic adobe buildings on the Historic Santa Fe Foundation Register. This neighborhood offers fascinating views into the history and architecture of Santa Fe. The highlight of the tour will be a visit to San Miguel Chapel, which was built in the early 17th century over an earlier Pueblo settlement (ca 800-1300 CE), partially destroyed in the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, and rebuilt in 1710. The chapel has undergone many modifications to the structure, and since 2008, Cornerstones Community Partnerships has partnered with the owners to preserve and maintain it.

The tour will cover approximately 1 mile and take 2-2.5 hours. It will end at San Miguel Chapel, and participants will be able to explore the area further on their own as they walk less than a mile back to the Plaza at the center of Santa Fe.

The tour will be led by Jake Barrow of Cornerstones Community Partnerships.

Cost: $30 per person

Walking Tour of the Historic Eastside: Acequia Madre, Acequia Madre House and Neighborhood to Canyon Road

This walking tour of the historic eastside of Santa Fe will begin with a guided tour of the Acequia Madre House, a Territorial Revival adobe built by three generations of women in 1926 and recently restored. From there, the walk will wander through the surrounding neighborhood which began in the 1700’s as a farming district, full of orchards and small holdings all served by a network of acequias. In the twentieth century artists migrated into the neighborhood, buying bits of land from farmers and building eccentric homes, adapting the vernacular adobe architecture to meet the needs of artists for studio spaces with large north-facing windows and exciting modern amenities like indoor plumbing.

Participants will take a shuttle bus from the Santa Fe Community Convention Center to the Acequia Madre House, where the tour will begin. The tour will cover about 3/4 mile and take 2.5-3 hours. It will end near the top of Canyon Road, a half-mile of art galleries, which the participants will be free to explore on their own as they walk back down not quite a mile to the Plaza at the center of Santa Fe.

The tour will be led by Jordan Young and Pilar Law from the Acequia Madre House, and Peter Weiss.

Cost: $45 per person

Walking Tour of National Park Service Old Santa Fe Trail Building and School for Advanced Research - Canceled

Visit two treasures of Santa Fe's earthen architectural heritage along the Old Santa Fe Trail: The National Park Service's (NPS) Old Santa Fe Trail Building and the campus of the School for Advanced Research (SAR).

Designed by NPS regional architect Cecil Doty and constructed in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the NPS Old Santa Fe Trail Building is the largest adobe office building in the United States. Referencing the Spanish and Pueblo architecture of the region, constructed of local materials (adobe made from soils of the site itself and wood elements from the surrounding forests), and elaborated using furniture, fixtures and artwork created by local artisans, the OSTB is a National Historic Landmark.

SAR, on Santa Fe’s upper eastside, provides opportunities to explore the fascinating history, stunning architecture, and beautiful outdoor gardens—including the famous pet cemetery—of the 1920s home of Amelia Elizabeth White and Martha Root White. Designed by renowned Santa Fe artist William Penhallow Henderson, this secluded 8-acre estate, formerly known as “El Delirio” (The Madness), is currently a research center for anthropologists, archaeologists, and Native American artists.

Participants will take a shuttle bus from the Santa Fe Community Convention Center to the National Park Service Old Santa Fe Trail Building, where the site visit will begin. From there participants will walk to School for Advanced Research, where they will have a guided tour of the complex. They will then be free to return approximately 1.5 miles to the center of town on their own on foot or by Ride Share or taxi.

The tour will be led by staff from the National Park Service, who can speak to both the history and conservation of the Old Santa Fe Trail Building and by staff from SAR with knowledge of the architecture, conservation and preservation of the site.

Cost: $25 per person



Bus Tours

Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo

Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo is located approximately 30 miles from Santa Fe, near the town of Española, and the subject of long-term conservation efforts. The Owe’neh Bupingeh Preservation Project is preserving the Pueblo core, which is the heart of the Tribe where plazas exist and where traditional ceremonies and dancing take place. The homes are over 700 years old and have evolved throughout the years with modern amenities and the continuance of the culture and traditions to attain a balance with contemporary life. Participants will visit the Pueblo and see the work currently being carried out on a number of houses as part of the conservation program.

The tour will be led by Pueblo preservationists and architects collaborating on the conservation at Ohkay Owingeh, and who have been involved in the project for a number of years.

Cost: $55 per person

Taos Pueblo

Taos Pueblo is a living Native American community, also known as the place of the red willows. It is located at the base of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, approximately 75 miles from Santa Fe. Characterized by outstanding multi-story adobe buildings that have been continuously inhabited for over 1,000 years, Taos Pueblo is a National Historic Site and a World Heritage Site.

The visit will include a tour of Taos Pueblo, with a focus on preservation work that is carried out by tribal historic preservation specialists, maintenance of the buildings and community participation in the work.

The tour will be led by Tribal Historic Preservation Specialists carrying out this work.

Cost: $45 per person

La Luz del Oeste, Antoine Predock, Albuquerque

La Luz del Oeste is a modern adobe community designed by Antoine Predock and built in the late 1960's and early 1970's.  The planned community sits at the edge of Albuquerque, and is integrated into the landscape surrounding it. The visit will include a tour of the grounds, the view, the wonderful design of open space toward the mountain, and the planned area development as a whole. 

Residents of La Luz del Oeste, who are architects, professors of architecture, historians and designers, led by resident Anne Taylor, Professor Emeritus in the School of Architecture and Planning, University of New Mexico, will open their homes, give historic background and share personal views of the architecture, the site and the architect’s vision for the space. They will be joined by Francisco Uviña, Professor in the School of Architecture and Planning, University of New Mexico.

Cost: $45 per person

Georgia O’Keeffe Home and Studio, Abiquiú

The Georgia O’Keeffe Home and Studio in Abiquiú, approximately an hour north of Santa Fe, was originally a Spanish Colonial era compound, built in the 18th century, purchased by O’Keeffe in 1945 and restored between 1946-1949. The house and the views provided inspiration for many of O’Keeffe’s most well-known works.  It has recently been the subject of a comprehensive conservation plan. This tour will provide conference participants the opportunity to experience the setting in which O’Keeffe worked, and at the same time, to learn more about the current conservation efforts and on-going maintenance at the site.

The tour will be led in part by Georgia O’Keeffe Home and Studio staff and in part by Pamela Hawkes, Conservation Architect and the team carrying out conservation of the property.

Cost: $60 per person

Pecos National Historical Park - Canceled

Pecos National Historical Park preserves and interprets the remains of one of the largest Ancestral Pueblo sites in the region called Pecos Pueblo (1300-1838) and its associated Spanish Colonial adobe mission complex built in the 17th century -- both National Historic Landmarks. This tour will provide the history of this significant archaeological site and an overview of its preservation with a focus on the conservation of earthen architecture and on-going studies to improve the park's preservation program.  

The tour will be led by National Park Service conservators and site managers from Pecos National Historical Park.

Cost: $25 per person