Santa Fe Plaza Cultural Landscape Report and Renovation

Location: Santa Fe, NM

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

Established in 1610, the Santa Fe Plaza is a National Historic Landmark and the geographical heart and cultural soul of Santa Fe, NM. It is filled to capacity with residents and tourists during its many festivals and markets, and is surrounded by historic buildings with a lively arts, performance and restaurant scene. Such popularity brings heavy use and wear, and proposals were made address the questions of repair and restoration.

MRWM was consulted to conduct a historic landscape architectural assessment regarding the appropriateness of proposed restoration elements for limited improvements to the Plaza.  A full Cultural Landscape Report (CLR) was produced to inform any future design proposals for improvements or alterations to the Plaza.

 The success of the CLR was founded on a comprehensive public involvement process. MRWM worked closely with stakeholders, multiple government agencies and local business owners to create community consensus for the suitable course of action for Plaza restoration. 

With the findings of the report, MRWM was asked to perform full design services for two phases of landscape improvements to the Plaza, including a complete irrigation system redesign and practices to handle intense public use.

The improvements that were introduced helped to maintain the historic character and integrity of the Plaza, 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.