Old Santa Fe Trail Building Cultural Landscape Inventory and Report

Location: Santa Fe, NM

Completed: 2011

The Old Santa Fe Trail Building (OSFTB) and its grounds were designed by the National Park Service and constructed between 1937 and 1941 by the Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Progress Administration. The building and its grounds were built in the ‘Spanish-Pueblo Revival’ style with detailed planting plans for the interior courtyards and naturalized plantings in parking lots and the surrounding site. It was built to serve as the new Region III Headquarters for the National Park Service, a function it still serves today.

In the 1990s, MRWM conducted a Cultural Landscape Inventory for this historic building. After completing a new, detailed site analysis, and using the information from the previous report, MRWM completed Parts One and Two of a Cultural Landscape Report (CLR) for this historic building.

The CLR graphically identified all contributing landscape characteristics and, in coordination with other management requirements, determined specific rehabilitation and restoration guidelines for landscape elements throughout the site.

The CLR also addressed 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
  • irrigation and water conservation.

The site is significant because of its association with the regional revival of architectural traditions, and because of its association with the 1930s National Park Service design tenets such as “Government Rustic style”.