Santa Fe’s (and the US’s) Oldest House has vigas that have been carbon dated to 1646AD. Parts of the foundation are believed to date to 1,200AD. This view to the past gives us clues about life when the Spanish first arrived in New Mexico. Notice the thickness of the adobe walls. These provided fortification and also kept temperatures inside cool in the heat of the summer and held in warmth in the winter.
The oldest house and Tiendita del Barrio, a coffee house, are at 215 East De Vargas Street (505) 988-1944.