Located on historic Canyon Road, El Zaguán is a must-stop for visitors in search of the authentic Santa Fe. In 1854, James L. Johnson bucked the standard practice among his fellow merchants of living near to the plaza and purchased a parcel of land along Canyon Road. The building, known as El Zaguán, lives on and carries a fascinating history. Visitors are welcome to relax in its beautiful gardens, view art exhibits, hold private events, attend guest lectures, and learn about the cast of characters that has contributed to the unique culture and history of Santa Fe.
Address: 545 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501 MAP
Monday - Friday: 9am-5pm
Available for special events /hours upon request.
In 1854, the Canyon Road area was made up of farmland and consider the outskirts, far from the bustle of the downtown Plaza area. Johnson and his wife Maria built the home and raised a family of seven children, and managed a busy farm and household of numerous staff, hands and visitors. As the household grew, they added on to the initially modest building over the following decades. Johnson's underestimation of the impact that the 1880 arrival of the railroad in Santa Fe would have on his business, caused him to lose his fortune. He stayed at the home until his death in 1897.
The fascinating story of El Zaguán (Spanish for covered passage), continues to unfold over the next 70+ years. In 1961, the Historic Santa Fe Foundation was founded, and by 1979 they were the sole custodians of the property, along with many other historic properties in Santa Fe.
HSFF now houses its offices in a portion of the building, and rents the rest out to artists as studio and living spaces.
The gallery often hosts guest lectures, and guest artist exhibits. The beautifully maintained gardens of El Zaguán offer a cool and peaceful respite for visitors as they walk the historic Canyon Road exploring galleries.
The gardens and gallery room are available for private special events, wedding parties, picnics, and various gatherings for groups, families & parties. Contact HSFF at the phone number provided to learn more about rentals.
Visitors are welcome to stop by and take a step back in time at El Zaguán.