The Historic Santa Fe Foundation
Our mission is to preserve, protect and promote the historic properties and
diverse cultural heritage of the Santa Fe area and to educate the public about Santa Fe's history and the importance of preservation.
The Historic Santa Fe Foundation is focused on presenting the architectural and cultural history of the Santa Fe area through education and outreach via monthly Salon talks, newsletters, publications, and special presentations during the year. The foundation collaborates with like foundations, associations, and national, state, and local governmental entities for preservation, planning and workshops, and hires an annual intern, studying architecture or preservation at the college level, for hands-on work with the materials used in historic structures.
The Historic Santa Fe Foundation protects historic properties through its Historic Preservation Easement Program. These easements are legal agreements that give the easement holder, in this case the Foundation, a responsibility to protect the defining character and structural integrity of a particular historic property, even though that structure is owned by another person. This legal mechanism allows us to provide greater protection without the financial obligation of ownership and ensures the preservation of historic architectural features in perpetuity.
The Foundation's Register of Properties Worthy of Preservation program documents significant structures by undertaking research and a formal nomination approved by the Board of Directors, recognizing the importance of the structure, property, or cultural landscape. Currently there are ninety-seven properties on the Register.