Week of December 20th, 2013

This week marked the beginning of preservation and restoration efforts at the Armijo House.  Located at 150 E. Lohman Avenue in Las Cruces New Mexico, this home is one of few properties located in Doña Ana County which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, a distinction which the property received in 1976.  Efforts to preserve the historical integrity of this property were started this week, following several years of planning and preparation by the Heritage Foundation.

Nestor Armijo opened Las Cruces’ first large retail establishment in 1863, and was among the area’s first prominent businessman.  In addition, he owned and operated the three Rivers ranch in Tularosa New Mexico which boasted a significant trade in livestock. Armijo and his wife, having both come from affluent New Mexico families quickly became part of early Southern New Mexico, and shared their prosperity with the community through the support of numerous types of civic outreach.



The first task before commencing with the restoration efforts was to shore the two story western facing wall. Over the years the load bearing wall experienced settlement from moisture that had gone unrepaired.  In order to assess and to plan the work it was imperative that we ensured that the structure provided a safe working environment for myself and my crew.

The engineered sysytem consisited of allthreads through the adobe and wood supports at the interior and exterior that sandwiched and clamped the walls together.  The shoring system will ensure that while completing the initial evlauation and foundation repairs that the wall will be in no danger of collapse.  As the project progresses the adobe wall will have repairs made to it that reinforce the wall itself, as well as the overall structure. 



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