Read­ers, do you know what these giz­mos are?

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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 pwei­de­man@sfnewmex­i­ at 505-986-

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