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San Juan Art Center (Capilla de San Juan Bautista)

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Capilla de San Juan Bautista
1873, 1912. 8 miles west of U.S. 285 (NR)

Exemplifying the mix of Hispanic and Yankee elements in San Luis Valley structures, this cruciform one-and-one-half-story chapel has 20-inch-thick stuccoed adobe walls under a shingled gable roof with solar heating panels and a two-story belfry. Red brick outlines the rose window and lancet windows that frame smaller, plain glass replacement windows. The lancet shape is repeated in the belfry openings. The interior has a high, pressed metal ceiling, hardwood floor, and stuccoed walls. Nearby are the ruins of an adobe convent and a Hispanic cemetery with hand-carved grave markers.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


What's Nearby


Thomas J. Noel, "San Juan Art Center (Capilla de San Juan Bautista)", [Del Norte, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 443-443.

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