Sunday, June 23, 2024

For sale 6,000 square foot fixer-upper

Side light

Hearth and Home

Sometimes there’s no story to be found. Over the last week I had a few photographic moments that were fleeting, disparate and highly adequate. There’s absolutely no connection from one subject to another. As is so often the case with my wandering attention the images I offer here will be discovered as I select them. Because there’s little linkage between the subjects you may find an image or two from several batches or they’ll all be from one of the photo opportunities in the last seven days. Even I won’t know till it happens.

Baby dolls

Wrought iron

Stained glass and bent metal

The explorations from which these are gleaned are typical Taos landscapes and interiors and still lifes from the late Julian Robles’s adobe casa that was built in stages starting in the early 1800s. According to legend Robles and his partner bought the rough-hewn adobe manse in 1968 for $5,000. Greenwich village had become inhospitable to a gay men, so they decamped to Taos where Robles became one of the Taos Six which included Ron Barsano, Walt Gonske, Rod Goebel, Ray Vinella and Robert Daughters. He died in 2023 leaving only Gonske and Barsano to carry the flame.

In 1968 the 6,000-foot adobe had no plumbing and had an outhouse. It’s still rough as a cob. To say that it needs a work is an exercise in understatement. It’s a coin flip and a million and half dollars away from being a tear down. The buyer of the historic property will need vision and bucks. It’s for sale folks and the seller will deal.

1 comment:

Blacks Crossing said...

Rough as a cob and served its purpose for a good many years for Sr. Robles and, no doubt, the Taos Six. One can imagine the grand discussions centered around some great food and plentiful adult beverages, among other things. The side light and baby doll images are suitably creepy, and the stained glass is wonderful. I hope that if someone purchases Casa Robles, and turn it into a scraper, they will retain the stained glass, along with the history and memories contained therein. Thanks for this rich look into a part of the past artisans of Taos!