ShowHouse Santa Fe 2015
Lux New Mex
Find it. Feel it. Live it.
Sponsored by Santa Fe Properties
Friday October 2, 6-9pm
Sat & Sunday October 3rd & 4th
Sat & Sunday October 10th & 11th
THE HOUSE – The Frank Applegate Estate
The theme of this year’s Showhouse is “Reinventing Western Classics.” How perfect, because this year’s Showhouse is a residence that’s not only a western classic, it’s a western classic that’s been reinvented several times since being built in the late 1700’s.
Still known as the Frank Applegate Estate, it’s an original adobe that was built as an 18th century fortress before being bought for $114 in 1845 by Sergeant Francisco de la Peña, a soldier of the Mexican Army who had fought at the Battle of the Alamo and the first to reinvent the property located at 831 El Caminito.
Enter Frank Applegate. Born in Illinois in 1881 and an artist his entire life, studying and teaching art in the U.S. and in Europe where he met Picasso, Cezanne, and Matisse in the 20’s, he started out as a ceramist before becoming a painter.
A bit of a serial remodeler who regarded homes as “livable sculptures,” Applegate, who had thrown himself into Native and Colonial Hispanic arts and who quickly became a seminal player in developing and establishing the town’s historic conservation movement, soon turned his preservationist’s eye to El Caminito.
Enter gallery owner Gerald Peters and his wife Katie, who purchased the Applegate Estate in the mid-80’s. Cut from the same cloth as Applegate, the couple, who would fill the house with their four children, had already renovated five other adobes together. Yet, like its previous owner, they were determined to retain the history of the estate.
Enter Showhouse Santa Fe. Each local designer takes a room of the Applegate Estate and furnishes it guided by the theme “Reinventing Western Classics” featuring leather, denim, and suede. The big reveal happens on Friday, October 2nd.
Today, this tree-lined compound of six bedrooms and seven bathrooms, presented by Deborah Bodelson and Cary Spier of Santa Fe Properties, exemplifies everything that makes for a classic Western home: adobe, historic, and always more than ready to accommodate the new, the interesting, and the unexpected.
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ShowHouse Santa Fe has quickly emerged as a power fundraising engine for promoting education for children. Our 2014 event raised over $50,000 with Dollars4schools.org as one of our non-profit benefactor of the net proceeds shared with the Lensic Performing Arts Educational Programs. For 2015 Dollars4schools.org under the Santa Fe Community Foundation will directly benefit from the net proceeds of this extraordinary Designer ShowHouse event where to date 2000 students and 18 Santa Fe schools have been impacted for activities, materials, and innovative programs.
ShowHouse Santa Fe gives local interior designers the opportunity to come together to share the challenges and camaraderie of their profession while working to improve the quality of our children’s education. By pooling their talents to create ShowHouse Santa Fe 2015, this inspiring group helps our schools and creates lasting beauty that benefits not just their clients but also the city at large.
ShowHouse SF 2015’s theme, “Lux New Mex” – Reinventing the Western Classics of leather, denim and suede, brings the unique boldness of Southwestern interior design front and center, empowering the talented pool of 29 Santa Fe designers to embrace history, luxury and sophistication like never before.
Show House Santa Fe has taken its place in Santa Fe’s calendar of important annual arts events that attract both locals and visitors. In keeping with our designation as a UNESCO Creative City for Design, our talented 29 designers bring their ideas and accomplishments to a broad audience, showcasing for the world the preeminence of Santa Fe as a place of innovation and a source of design inspiration.
When Santa Fe Style first entered the consciousness of the art and design world in the 1980s, it delighted people with its warmth, livability, and adaptability. The sensual contours of adobe and the earthy appeal of vigas, kiva fireplaces, and expansive portales provided an inviting backdrop for interior designs ranging from antique Victorian to cutting-edge minimalism. Characterized by a reverence for natural materials, skilled craftsmanship, and an ancient aesthetic, the style quickly became emblematic of the region.