La Sala de Galisteo Awarded Restoration Grant
This spring, La Sala de Galisteo was awarded a grant from the Northern Rio Grand Heritage Area (NRGHA) to restore the windows at La Sala. The grant of $4,962 coupled with a donor match of the same amount, will provide $9,938 to fully restore the original 1898 Sears, Roebuck & Co. windows, sashes, and frames.
The window project continues restoration work on La Sala that began in 2011 and has included foundation work, flooring, wall reinforcement, interiors and exterior mud plastering, and electric systems. All work has been done with meticulous commitment to the historic nature of the structure, which is the last functioning 19th Century dance hall in New Mexico.
Restoration of the windows will provide a safe, energy efficient, and historically consistent interior and exterior for the building, and provide effective lighting and air flows to support continued use of the building with public gallery, art and community events.
The grant stipulates that La Sala hire a student intern from a local college to work on the project. This person will gain a hands-on learning about window restoration and working on historic structures with the professional restorers working on the project.
Northern Rio Grande Heritage Area is a cultural region designated by the federal government for protection and support. Its mission is to sustain the communities, heritage, languages, cultures, traditions, and environments of Northern New Mexico through partnerships, education, and interpretation.
La Sala is deeply grateful to the many donors in the Galisteo community who contributed to the Matching Fund drive that was successful in meeting the required match.