Contemporary Updates Enliven A Pueblo Revival Classic In Santa Fe, New Mexico

The living room of the John McHugh-designed house retains many original features.

The origins of any house involve a backstory. This tale starts in 1946, long before the home itself, when a young architect and Notre Dame graduate was on a cross-country road trip.

His Ford broke down when he was passing through Santa Fe, and he didn’t have the funds to pay for repairs. So he found work at a local architecture firm and ended up staying. John McHugh would go on to design the first Santa Fe Opera Pavilion, among numerous other buildings and residences.

A glass-enclosed wine cellar sits off the formal dining room. (BARKER REALTY)

Known for his art as well as his architecture, McHugh had a keen eye for detail as reflected in his design of this earth-toned adobe masterpiece built in 1984. Renovated nine years ago, the estate blends Pueblo Revival style and 21st century architecture.

Set on 5 acres with panoramic mountain views, the 5,600-square-foot residence features an inviting living room with 16-foot beamed ceilings, oak flooring, built-ins and a large fireplace.

The sprawling adobe sits on 5 acres with mountain views. (BARKER REALTY)

At the social center of the home, however, is the kitchen, which has a contemporary vibe with white Silestone countertops, stainless-steel appliances, a center island, a fireplace and multiple seating areas.

A glass-enclosed wine cellar with retractable blinds sits off the formal dining room.

A beamed ceiling and a fireplace add character in the updated kitchen. (BARKER REALTY)

A bedroom wing contains the primary suite, which continues the classic contemporary meets pueblo aesthetic and features a soaking tub and mountain views. There are two more en-suite bedrooms and a total of five bathrooms.

A light-filled office, a sunroom and a media room are among other living spaces. Brick-paved terraces extend the living opportunities outdoors. Aspen trees and cottonwoods fill the grounds.

The terrace has room for lounging and al fresco dining. (BARKER REALTY)

Stephanie Duran and Juli King of Barker Realty are the listing agents for 11 Tesuque Ridge, Santa Fe, New Mexico. The asking price is US $4.995 million.

The property is within the gated Tesuque Ridge community, but is not a member of the homeowners association.


During four decades of covering luxury and celebrity housing, I’ve looked into people’s homes, lives and property records through many lenses. I was the Los Angeles Times Real Estate section editor for eight years, the Hot Property columnist for six and did stints as a newspaper reporter, copy editor and page designer. My work for The Times Business, Home and Real Estate sections has garnered in-house and national awards for blogging, editing and feature writing.

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