SANTA FE ― The National Park Service (NPS) has temporarily closed the Old Santa Fe Trail Building, an adobe walled structure andNational Historic Landmark, for stucco repairs.
“Historic preservation is one of the strongest ways to honor our diverse past,” said Aaron Roth, National Park Service Associate Regional Director for Facilities and Lands, Intermountain Region, “By removing and replacing the existing protective stucco on the exterior building walls, we can help ensure the structural integrity of this historic landmark for future generations to come.”
The stucco repair and rehabilitation work is scheduled to begin in June 2018 and should require 12-18 months to complete. NPS staff currentlyworking in the Old Santa Fe Trail Building will temporarily relocate to another office space in Santa Fe while the repairs take place. Historic artifacts and museum archives from the building have also been temporarily relocated and stored in appropriate facilities. The Volunteers-In-Parks program for the building has been temporarily suspended during the repairs.
Because of the upcoming relocation for building staff the facility has been closed to the public. The site will remain closed to the public and to non-official visitors during construction due to the potentially hazardous nature of the building materials and other safety concerns.
The iconic building, the largest in-use adobe office building in the United States, was constructed in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a government work program that provided jobs for young, unemployed men during the Great Depression.