Casa San Ysidro in Corrales embodies the collective creativity of generations of artists and craftspeople in its furnishings and architectural features, exemplifying an interesting tension between tradition and change that New Mexicans have lived with for centuries.
The Gutiérrez family built the original house and a severe portrait of Encarnación Gutiérrez hangs in the front hall. In the early 1950s, Shirley and Ward Alan Minge took the late 19th century building and turned it into a plazuela-style rancho to house their exuberant collection of New Mexico vernacular art. They lived there for many years, and then donated the property to the City of Albuquerque in the late 1990s. It is managed by the Museum of Albuquerque.
On Saturday, May 5, the Foundation held its annual celebration and membership meeting at Casa San Ysidro.
Attendees received a tour of the site, along with the nearby Historic Old San Ysidro Church.
Special thanks to Hope Lang, Aaron Gardner, Elizabeth Becker, and Nan Kimball for helping coordinate the tours.
Also during the meeting, winners of 2018 Architecture + Community Award accepted their recognition.