Readers, do you know what these gizmos are?
These wooden crossbars were formerly bracketed around the top of the small front porch of the 1923 Jane and Gustave Baumann House on Camino de las Animas. They were in place perhaps as early as the late 1920s and were removed during recent renovations of the house by the Historic Santa Fe Foundation. Gus Baumann (1881-1971) was an artist renowned for his wood- block prints, paintings, sculptures, and a stable of carved marionettes with which he and Jane would stage performances. Were these porch members installed to anchor vines, as foundation board chair Alan “Mac” Watson guessed? Or were they designed for hanging fabric, perhaps to enclose the porch? Or did they have something to do with Baumann’s art? (His house bears many touches of his creativity, in- cluding painted decorations around interior doors and windows and hand-carved posts and window frames on the exterior.) If you remember what these gizmos were used for, or if you have an idea about their possible purpose, call or email Home 3043 or firstname.lastname@example.org. at 505-986-