Driving east on Lohman Avenue, you may have noticed the wood buttressing on the walls of the Armijo house. This is exciting to see because it is the first step in the process of restoring and repurposing the old home to a brand new use, the locationof the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce.
This property is of special importance to the Chamber because it was purchased and renovated in 1877 by Nestor Armijo, an early pioneer in the Mesilla Valley who also became a prominent businessman. Eventually, six generations of his family lived in the home.
We at the Chamber understand the importance of preserving such an important part of our cultural history in the center of our city, a place where old and new harmoniously coexist. This property prominently contributes to a sense of place in our community that occurs with not just preserving what was, but by bringing it into the 21st century as a functional space.
Phase one of the project is to finish the Armijo house and move our offices from across the parking lot into it, which will also have space honoring the past as well as the sponsors of the project.
Phase two will be to complete a western wing, expanding meeting and community space for our members.
We have made great progress already in reaching our financial goals, but this effort requires commitment from others who also have the vision to see what an important contribution to our community it is to save and reinvigorate this valuable piece of our history.
The time to give back to your community is now. The contribution to this project will be a tangible and permanent investment in our present as well as in our future.
To learn more about this historically significant property and how you can help to be part of something great, visit www. lascruces.org or call 524-1968.
Mike Beckett, Chair of the Board Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce