The Nestor Armijo House was named after it's owner, a prosperous businessman and rancher. He became successful by running freight on the Santa Fe Trail. Armijo bought the original four-bedroom adobe home from Maricita Daily in 1877.
Known as being very dynamic, he was apt to make things larger than life. He enlarged and furnished the home in elaborate Victorian décor. Eventually, Nestor expanded the house to the north and built a second floor, making the house the first of its kind in Las Cruces with its electrical wiring, two-story addition and three-foot thick adobe walls. Over the next 100 years, six generations of the Armijo family lived in the house.
In 1976, through the work of local historians, the home was named to the National Registry of Historic Places. In 1982, Pioneer Savings and Trust, with the help from land grant-in-aid funds from the New Mexico Historic Preservation Bureau, restored the Armijo House for its branch office. The house has changed hands several times from a law firm to a real estate company, but due to its vacancy, fell into disrepair once again.
Still holding the beauty of the original building, the Armijo House is an integral part of Las Cruces history.
Our Future is Our History Capital Campaign
To meet current and projected needs for Chamber members’ services in Doña Ana County, the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce has embarked on a $2.3 million capital campaign, Our Future is Our History. Our goal is to expand our services to the community.
With your support, the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce will move its offices to the historic Armijo House, construct an expanded meeting space, and enhance the campus grounds. The renovation of the Armijo House will be completed with all of the historical values and remain a part of the State of New Mexico and the National Historic registries. This is the time to bring our past into our future and ensure that it is always here for generations to come.
Upon its completion in late 2015, the new, Southwestern-style campus will be home to the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce.