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San Jose De Gracia Church

Las Trampas, New Mexico
County of Taos.
North side of the Plaza
National Register Number: 70000415
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Religious facility. The threat level was Watch in
Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: Church: A visit may be scheduled by calling Holy Family Parish at 505-531-4360.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - April 15, 1970):
Erected between 1760 and 1776, this is one of the best-preserved and most representative examples of the Spanish Colonial churches in New Mexico. Interior decoration includes paintings on carved wooden reredos and sidewalls and under the balcony.

: The inside of the church is in good condition and no potential threat is foreseen. The outside walls (adobe) need to be re-mudded almost every other year. While the families of the San Jose de Gracia parish community help to re-mud the church the number of volunteers is decreasing due to the fact that the young people are leaving the community in search of jobs elsewhere.

The last time the structure was mudded it was done incorrectly and with this years heavy rains the mud plaster has washed off and the adobes over the parapets are becoming exposed the same is happening to the wall that surrounds the church.

Recommendation/Change since last report:
The Mayordomo (care taker) for the San Jose de Gracia church is in need of funding to purchase materials to re-mud the upper sections of the church which include scaffolding and hay to mention a few of the items needed.

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