Homes With History: St. Anne’s Church, Madrid

"Converted into a residence in the early 1990s, the house features a nave that now serves as the living room"

Date June 5, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Author Adrienne DeGuere

Publication All Things Real Estate Newsletter

Categories Home & Garden

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BuIlt around 1898, deconsecrated St. Anne’s Church sits on a hill overlooking the historic town of Madrid, nestled in the Ortiz mountains — the oldest coal-mining region of New Mexico. Converted into a residence in the early 1990s, the house features a nave that now serves as the living room, the choir loft as an office, the vestry as the kitchen and the altar as one of two bedrooms.

As part of the renovation, the master bedroom was added off of the living room, giving the home’s layout a cross shape. Added to the vestry-now-kitchen is a green house with sloping glass walls that serves as the bathroom, with a six-foot-long claw tub that offers an inspiring view of the night sky. Original to the structure are the hardwood floors and tin ceilings while the living room includes a wood-burning stove and built-in bookshelves. Included with the main house is a 492 square-foot, one-bedroom guest house, a garage with an attached workshop and a small outbuilding equipped with a sauna.

25 miles southeast from Santa Fe, Madrid has a rich history as a coal mining town, then a ghost town and now a community of approximately 200 people known for its unique galleries, shops, and restaurants.

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