20160809_093159-edit Until the mid-1930s, la Hacienda de los Martinez was occupied by the direct descendents of Severino. It then changed hands several times and continued to fall into further disrepair until 1961 when Jerome Milord and his family began an extensive reconstruction of the ruin. _dsc4816 In 1972, the Museums acquired the building and three and one half acres of the original land from Milord. Nearly ten years later, the Hacienda had been restored to its former eminence as a monument to the late Spanish Colonial era in northern New Mexico.dsc_4890 Working from Severino’s will, all attempts had been made during the restoration to keep the Hacienda as accurate to the 1820s time period as possible. Hand-adzed beams and floorboards, mud plaster and hand-forged door hardware are evidence of the skill and care that went into the restoration.


Most of the floors are restored with adobe mud and sealed with boiled linseed oil (traditionally, a mix of mud, ox blood and wood ash was used to make hard, non-dusting floors). The roofs are supported by large vigas (beams) that are in turn covered with either rajas (split cedar boards) or latillas (aspen poles). On top of the sticks, layers of grasses, cattails, or chamiso (sage) were placed and 24 inches or more of earth piled on top as the final covering from the elements.20160906_094529 The shuttered window openings, which would have been considerably smaller than the current ones (based on more recent scholarship), would have been totally open or covered by oiled rawhide or the occasional sheet of mica.
La Hacienda de los Martinez is a living museum owned and managed by Taos Historic Museums.  THM is a private 503(c) non-profit corporation.  All donations to THM are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. 20160726_093310-edit-edit The Hacienda is on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.