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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.