Be­hind Adobe Walls tours this month


A HOUSE AND GAR­DEN DE­SIGNED BY BEV­ER­LEY SPEARS of Spears Horn Ar­chi­tects is one of the eight fea­tured des­ti­na­tions of the 78th Be­hind Adobe Walls tour spon­sored by the Santa Fe Gar­den Club. Held on two con­sec­u­tive Tues­days— July 18 and July 25— the tour fea­tures four dif­fer­ent pri­vate homes and gar­dens each week by guided bus tour and show­cases va­ri­ety in both ar­chi­tec­tural styles and gar­den types.

The Spears-de­signed house fea­tures two barrel vaults, one over the main liv­ing space and one above the mas­ter suite. Fin­ished in­side with thin slats of slightly whitened clear pine, the vaults pro­vide “a sense of light and space on the in­te­rior and a bold ge­om­e­try for the ex­te­rior,” Spears said. “The house is de­signed as a sanc­tu­ary com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the out­doors. It is in­ter­ac­tive re­quir­ing open­ing of win­dows as needed for night­time cool­ing and man­age­ment of so­lar heat gain.”

The house’s ex­te­rior walls are made of en­ergy-ef­fi­cient in­su­lat­ing con­crete forms, while most in­te­rior walls are wood-frame. The pas­sive so­lar house ben­e­fits by hav­ing a con­crete in­te­rior wall that serves as ther­mal mass, moder­at­ing tem­per­a­ture ex­tremes. There is also a pho­to­voltaic ar­ray at the cor­ner of the prop­erty and a rooftop hy­dronic ar­ray to com­ple­ment the hot wa­ter sup­ply from the gas-fired boiler.

A long rec­tan­gu­lar foun­tain on the south side, against the house just out­side the liv­ing room, re­flects sun­light “for a play of shim­mer­ing light on the vaulted ceil­ing.” Just beyond is Spears’ Zen gar­den that she said “pro­vides a sim­ple, serene fore­ground against the mid­dle ground of tree­tops and the far view of moun­tains beyond the Rio Grande Val­ley.” On a re­cent visit to the prop­erty, the Santa Fe Gar­den Club’s Bar­bara Tem­ple­man and Sue-Ellen deBeer observed plant­ings in­clud­ing rose­mary, oregano, Ajuga, blue star ju­niper, blue spruce, knock out roses, ice plant, and thyme.

Pro­ceeds from the Be­hind Adobe Walls tours ben­e­fit the Santa Fe Gar­den Club’s lo­cal ed­u­ca­tion, beau­ti­fi­ca­tion, and con­ser­va­tion projects, in­clud­ing Phase II of Ojos y Manos: Eyes and Hands Learn­ing Lab­o­ra­tory at the Santa Fe Botan­i­cal Gar­den and the newly re­designed New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art court­yard gar­den.

Tour buses de­part theHo­tel Santa Fe, 1501 Paseo de Per­alta, at 12:10 p.m. on Tues­days, July 18 and July 25, and re­turn at 4:45 p.m. The cost to par­tic­i­pate is $75 per per­son, per tour. For tick­ets, call 505- 984-0022 or 800-283-0122 or email terry@ west­wind­ For more in­for­ma­tion, see www.the­santafe­gar­den­­vents.html.— PaulWei­de­man


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