Thursday, August 26, 2010

La Santisima Trinidad Church In Arroyo Seco, N.M.

While we are on the subject of adobe churches in the Taos area
 I want to include the church in Arroyo Seco just to the north.

 According to an article in the Taos Horsefly 
the 2,900 square foot church was completed in 1834 by the Penitentes
 and the pitched roof was added in 1910.
 The adobe walls are 5' thick at the base and taper to 3' thick at the top.

The church was restored in the 1990's when the cement stucco 
was removed and replaced with an earthen plaster.
The cement has a tendency to trap moisture in the adobe wall, 
compromising the strength of the wall.

The flagstone at the base makes a nice detail.

The earthen plaster sparkles with naturally occurring mica 
on this buttress.