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This Culebra Creek community (c. 1864, 6,420 feet), settled by families from Chamita, New Mexico, has some of the valley's least altered adobe buildings. In the Lobato-Mascarenas House (1880), northeast of Costilla County L.7 and 22.3, across from the old post office, typical alterations have been made to a single-file-plan adobe house. A gable roof, corbeled brick chimneys, and a skin of concrete stucco have been added, along with rough-faced quoins. Two wedge-shaped buttresses on the east side stabilize the 18-inch-thick walls.

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Thomas J. Noel

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