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Old Santa Fe Trail Building Cultural Landscape Inventory and Report

Location: Albuquerque, NM

Completed: 2011

MRWM previously conducted a Cultural Landscape Inventory (CLI) for the historic Old Santa Fe Trail Building (OSFTB) in the 1990s.  Using the information from this report and a current detailed site analysis, MRWM completed Parts One and Two of a Cultural Landscape Report (CLR) for this historic building, which currently houses the National Parks Service Headquarters in Santa Fe. The CLR graphically identifies all contributing landscape characteristics and, in coordination with other management requirements, determines specific rehabilitation and restoration guidelines for landscape elements throughout the site. The CLR also addresses the following subject areas as defined by a 2001 General Management Plan for the OSFTB: vegetation and planting design, vehicle circulation and signage, wildland fire, recreational use of grounds, and irrigation and water conservation.

The Old Santa Fe Trail Building and its grounds were designed by the NPS and constructed between 1937 and 1941 by the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) and Works Progress Administration (WPA) to serve as the new Region III Headquarters for the National Parks Service; a function it still serves today. The building and its grounds were built in the ‘Spanish-Pueblo Revival’ style with well articulated planting plans in the interior courtyards and naturalized plantings in parking lots and surrounding site. The site is significant because of its association with the regional revival of architectural traditions, and because of its association with the 1930s NPS design tenets such as “Government Rustic style”.

Carlito Springs Open Space CLR and Trail Development

Location: Bernalillo County, NM

Completed: 2012 and 2014

Bernalillo County’s Carlito Springs Open Space is 179 acres of mostly undeveloped land located near the Village of Tijeras in the foothills of the Sandia Mountain range. The site was first settled as a homestead in 1891 and has since served as a resort, a camp, a boys’ school, a tuberculosis sanatorium and a private residence. The historic features of the site include several buildings, an orchard, a spring, ponds, fountains, ornamental gardens and trails.

MRWM completed a Cultural Landscape Report (CLR) for the Open Space in 2012. The CLR included a phased master plan and an opinion of probable costs for site improvements that would allow public access while preserving the historic qualities of the site. MRWM recently worked with the County to design a three-quarter mile sustainable natural surface trail, trailhead and parking lot. We contracted Loris & Associates to consult on the trail and pedestrian bridge design. The trail met the standards of the International Mountain Biking Association and required minimal site disturbance. The low impact design of the trail works with the site’s natural topography and features, avoiding sensitive archaeological sites while directing users to significant historic and natural features. The project also includes a trail head, parking area and pedestrian bridges where the trail crosses a creek.

MRWM also recently worked on a team to build a spring box to protect the natural spring that is the only water source for the Open Space. MRWM used knowledge gained from completing the Cultural Landscape Report to make recommendations on how to best integrate the spring box with the site. It was important to respect the historic look and feel of the site while also bringing in modern technology to protect and manage the site’s water source.

Petroglyphs National Monument Visitor Use Plan

Location: Albuquerque, NM

Completed: 2010

MRWM coordinated with Monument staff to develop a Visitor Use Plan and Trail Plan for Petroglyph National Monument. The work included detailed site analysis, including an existing trail survey and analysis, a thorough review of existing literature, and coordination with NPS, local tribes, and the general public.

Visitor use at Petroglyph National Monument has increased beyond its current capacity, which has resulted in an increased number of new desire trails, increased erosion along existing trails and general degradation of the monument. MRWM assessed the condition of the existing trail network and identified major factors affecting its degradation and the overall health of the Monument. MRWM developed a Visitor Use Plan that incorporates recommendations to restore damaged parts of the trail network and mitigate the increased pressure on the Monument’s resources. The plan allows the Monument to accommodate its current number of visitors, while protecting the character and cultural resources the Monument has to offer.

Salinas Pueblo Mission's National Monument

Location: Albuquerque, NM

Completed: Abo: 1998. Quarai: 1998, Gran Quivira 2012

MRWM, Ltd., prepared cultural landscape inventories for the Abo , Quarai, and Gran Quivira Units of Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument. The work included documentation of cultural landscape features, identification of  associations with the relevant historic periods, descriptions of significance, and preparation of a written and graphic analysis of the landscapes.  This work was done for the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. The information in cultural landscape inventories is used to assist park management in interpreting the history of the park and planning for long term management of park resources. Mr. Morrow served as Principal in Charge for these projects.

Santa Fe Plaza Cultural Landscape Report and Renovation

Location: Santa Fe, NM

Completed: CLR: 2005; Phases I and II of Renovations: 2008

MRWM conducted historic landscape architectural consultation regarding the propriety of proposed restoration elements for limited improvements to the Plaza and completed a full cultural landscape report to inform any future improvements or alterations to the Plaza. Based on the findings of the report, MRWM provided full design services for two phases of landscape improvements to the Plaza, including complete irrigation system redesign.  MRWM worked closely with stakeholders, multiple agencies, and local business owners to provide consensus building on the proper course of Plaza restoration to be undertaken.  The success of the CLR and renovations was founded on a thorough public involvement process.  These improvements helped to maintain the historic character and integrity of the site, while increasing ease of maintenance, public safety, and aesthetic quality.  In 2009, the Cultural Properties Review Committee awarded MRWM with a Heritage Preservation Award for the Santa Fe Plaza Cultural Landscape Report.