Mixed Me­dia

Baca Rai­l­yard block party

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The Baca Rai­l­yard area shows its stuff with a block party on Fri­day, June 23, from 5 to 8 p.m. The own­ers of fur­ni­ture show­rooms, art and ar­chi­tec­ture stu­dios, con­sign­ment and an­tique shops, tat­too and hair stu­dios, and other busi­nesses on Flag­man Way, Shoofly Street, and Rail­fan Road open their doors for the free event.

“I put this in mo­tion now be­cause July and Au­gust are so busy,” said or­ga­nizer Adri­ana Siso, the owner of Molecule De­sign. “I took it on to make some­thing hap­pen.” She de­scribed the neigh­bor­hood as “teem­ing with vi­tal­ity and new en­ergy” and said the block party cel­e­brates “a great al­liance of art and de­sign busi­nesses.”

The 12-acre Baca Rai­l­yard is at the south­ern end of the rail yards that served the Atchi­son, Topeka & Santa Fe Rail­way, the Den­ver & Rio Grande Rail­road (the “Chili Line”), and the New Mex­ico Cen­tral Rail­way in the late 19th and early 20th cen­turies. The Baca Rai­l­yard is con­nected by the Ace­quia Trail (run­ning be­hind the New Mex­ico School for the Deaf) to the North Rai­l­yard, home to the Santa Fe Farm­ers Mar­ket, Ware­house 21, Vi­o­let Crown Cin­ema, and other pop­u­lar venues. The city’s Rai­l­yard Mas­ter Plan calls for new build­ings in the dis­trict to re­late more to the his­tory of the neigh­bor­hood’s ware­houses than to the Span­ish-Pue­blo style down­town.

Siso built her mar­velous Molecule De­sign show­room us­ing 11 re­cy­cled in­ter­na­tional ship­ping con­tain­ers and opened in 2010. Block-party rev­el­ers will get a glimpse of the dis­trict’s new­est build­ing: Opun­tia Café. Its de­vel­op­ers in­clude Todd Spitzer, a for­mer co-owner of Iconik Cof­fee Roast­ers; de­signer Jeanna Gienke; ar­chi­tect Tom Easter­son-Bond; and land­scape ar­chi­tect Solange Serquis and her hus­band, soft­ware de­vel­oper An­dres Paglayan. Spitzer (who is also the cof­fee con­sul­tant on the Sky Cof­fee shop com­ing to the North Rai­l­yard this sum­mer) told Siso that Opun­tia will fea­ture world-class teas and Iconik cof­fees, as well as a menu by James Beard semi­fi­nal­ist Kim Muller, for­merly of Izanami.

Dur­ing the block party, Serquis will give a tour of the site and show the draw­ings for the new build­ing, which will have of­fices and bed-and­break­fast units as well as the café. “Solange is also work­ing with the city on the St. Fran­cis Drive un­der­pass, and that will fi­nally di­rectly link the two sec­tions of the rai­l­yard,” Siso said.

Call 505-989-9806 for more in­for­ma­tion. — Paul Wei­de­man

Two views of the Opun­tia Café; ren­der­ings courtesy Wood Me­tal Concrete

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