San José de Gracia Church

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San Jose de Gracia Church
San José de Gracia Church is located in New Mexico
San José de Gracia Church
Location N side of the Plaza, Las Trampas, New Mexico
Coordinates 36°7′53″N 105°45′28″W / 36.13139°N 105.75778°W / 36.13139; -105.75778Coordinates: 36°7′53″N 105°45′28″W / 36.13139°N 105.75778°W / 36.13139; -105.75778
Built 1760
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Colonial, Other
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 70000415
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 15, 1970[1]
Designated NHL April 15, 1970[2]

The San Jose de Gracia Church, also known as Church of Santo Tomas Del Rio de Las Trampas, is a church built between 1760 and 1776 in Las Trampas, New Mexico. Originally named Santo Tomas del Rio de las Trampas, the church is of adobe construction with a mud-plaster exterior, which is renewed periodically by parishioners. The church was reroofed and repaired in 1932 by the Society for the Preservation of New Mexico Mission Churches, led by renowned architect John Gaw Meem.[3]

The church ceiling is painted with 18th and 19th century designs, and the interior is decorated with notable artworks of 18th and 19th century santeros. The annual feast day is March 19.[3]

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970.[2][4]

It is included in the Las Trampas Historic District.


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  1. ^ Staff (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "San Jose de Gracia Church". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  3. ^ a b Cash, Marie Romero, Built of earth and song : churches of northern New Mexico, photography by Jack Parsons. Red Crane Books, 1993. ISBN 1-878610-30-9
  4. ^ Charles W. Snell (May 1, 1968). "National Survey of Historic Sites and Buildings: San Jose de Gracia Church (Church of Santo Tomas Del Rio de Las Trampas)" (pdf). National Park Service.  and Accompanying two photos, exterior, from 1968 PDF (32 KB)

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