2021 has been a year of challenges and opportunities for OSFA
A quick study of our most recent newsletters will illustrate why. Select and click on the image of the preferred edition below to read the entire newsletter.
Read on for Recent OSFA News:
The Mural and the Museum
A mural entitled "Multi Cultural" as it appeared, circa 1980
In the last few years, we attempted to facilitate communication between the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and interested parties with regards to a controversy over removal and destruction of a street mural on the eastern facade of the Halpin Building on Guadalupe Street, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Currently, activists are still struggling to save the mural. Here is a link to a recent article in the Santa Fe New Mexican. Click on this link to access a past newspaper article regarding this issue. You can also read an earlier editorial by linking here. Our winter 2020 newsletter contains an opinion piece by community activist Rick Martinez.
For More on Murals...... Meanwhile, the City of Santa Fe is promoting the installation of a new mural downtown on the walls above the entrance to the underground parking structure of City Hall. This is being proposed as part of the city's CHART initiative (more on this coming to the website in the future) in response to the destruction of the Plaza Obelisk, along with long festering disputes over the city's support of pageantry held during Las Fiestas de Santa Fe which depict the re-entry of Spanish settlers in 1692. Here is a link to a recent article in the Santa Fe New Mexican.
The Old Santa Fe Association is the premier historic preservation organization of the southwestern United States of America. We were founded in 1926 by a group of like-minded residents, artists, writers and architects, in an attempt to protect the unique flavor, built environment and cultures of their home in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
As we approach our centennial as an organization, we continue today, guided by a volunteer board comprised once again of artists, writers, architects and builders along with a diverse representation of our special community.
The mission of the Old Santa Fe Association is to promote the prosperity and welfare of the City and County of Santa Fe and their inhabitants, to preserve and maintain the ancient landmarks, historical structures and traditions of Old Santa Fe and to guide their growth and development in such a way as to promote that unique charm and distinction: born of age, culture, tradition and environment, which are the priceless assets and heritage of Santa Fe.
Our Winter 2020 Newsletter is the best way to get-up-to date with what is happening at OSFA.
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We extend our congratulations to local author, Paul Weideman, on the publication of his new book: Architecture Santa Fe, a Guidebook.
For a review of the book, search it out after linking to our suggested reading page: Architecture Santa Fe