One of the oldest continuously occupied homes in North America, this one-of-a-kind estate on Santa Fe’s storied Canyon Road has a modern flair that belies its unique provenance.

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Sited on a parcel of land once owned by the French explorer and trader Jean L’Archevêque, the landmark compound — portions of which date to the Spanish Colonial era of the late 1600s — is steeped in the history of Santa Fe.

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In the early 20th century, the home was owned by Gerald Cassidy — an artist, designer, and founding member of the Santa Fe art colony — and his wife, Ina Sizer Cassidy, head of the WPA’s Federal Writing Project in New Mexico. Their expansion of the home incorporated eye-catching classical pieces salvaged from a nearby 18th-century Mission church: beams, corbels, and an altar screen painted by Bernardo Miera y Pacheco, one of the earliest New Mexico santeros.

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A kitchen remodel undertaken by the current owners in 2008 turned into an extensive house-wide renovation, during which an archaeological dig uncovered a wide, intriguing array of antique objects. Cabinets crafted by Cassidy, coved ceilings with vigas, hand-carved doors, and 1920s tiles were retained.

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Spanning approximately 3,300 square feet, the main residence encompasses one serene bedroom, two and one-half baths, two office spaces, formal living and dining rooms, a media room or den with extensive thoughtful built-ins, a cozy sitting room, and the expertly updated kitchen.

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Furthering the living and entertaining options is an alluring portal with a well-equipped outdoor grilling area, relaxing alfresco dining space, and a tranquil fountain with Old World detailing.

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Today the majestic, light-filled home maintains its historic integrity and quintessential Santa Fe charm while offering luxurious finishes — among them diamond-finish plaster walls and floors of Saltillo tile, travertine, maple, and oak — modern amenities and appliances, and top-tier systems, including heating, air conditioning, and electronics.

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Lending the property the expansive feel of a private compound are two charming one-bedroom casitas. Each of these homes includes a full bath, a relaxed living room with a fireplace, and a fully outfitted kitchen.

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At the heart of the property are courtyards, flagstone terraces, a well, native flowering plants, and a fountain, all resting in the shade of mature trees.

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Just outside the vintage gates of the estate are the galleries, restaurants, and shops of one of the most famous art thoroughfares in the country; and the historic Santa Fe Plaza is a short stroll away.

Santa Fe, NM | $3,915,000 | Neil Lyon 505.660.8600

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