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Tucked away in plain view on Beimer Street just north of the downtown Historic District, sits one of the most architecturally unusual houses in Taos. The Bernard J. Beimer House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006. With a front porch and expansive yard that faces Camino de la Placita, the house built by Bernard J. Beimer in 1920, looks appropriately out of place. It is not made with traditional New Mexican adobe or stucco construction. There are no vigas nor kiva fireplaces to be found. Yet, surrounded by mature trees and grass that looks like it came from a golf course, the house fits into the neighborhood like a well-crafted, hand-sewn glove.

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In 1984 I paid Waldo Cantu $6,000.00 for my land and over the next several years I built my adobe house in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by sagebrush, coyotes and the wind. I planned my bedroom window so I could see 200 miles to Peña Blanca in Colorado, and made my crew move the living room window frame up and down, right and left, until I framed Taos Mountain just as I wanted to see it from my kitchen table for the rest of my life. I incorporated adobe technologies I learned in Egypt, Mexico; from examining ruins all over the Southwest; from working in Hispanic and Native villages of New Mexico, restoring historic buildings - but mostly from decades of construction sites. I made my house a tactile diary of my life with the living earth, an autobiography in mud made from the land where it stands.