Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association
2520 Camino Entrada Unit B,
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507
Fax: 505.982.0238
Miles D. Conway
Executive Officer
Tanya Dorame
Administrative Manager
2020 Haciendas: A Virtual Parade of Homes
October 16, 2020

#15 Lightfoot, Inc.

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Lightfoot, Inc. – Santa Fe’s Guadalupe Historic District

Completely Restored Historic Adobe Territorial Style Home Combines Modern Design and Traditional Building Practices

Dating back to the 1780s, the Donaciano Vigil House located in Santa Fe’s Guadalupe Historic District holds special historic value. The territorial-style building sits on both the New Mexico Register of Cultural Properties and the National Register of Historic Places. The building has an interesting story of ownership and incarnate history, from Donaciano Vigil, the second governor of New Mexico, to architect William Lumpkins, who appropriated and added materials from other Santa Fe buildings in his exploration of adobe architecture, to writer Charlotte White and artist Boris Gilbertson, who operated it as a living museum.

The building’s revitalized configuration as a private residence was realized by a complete restoration and remodel that merges modern design with traditional building practices. A light straw-clay addition, in-floor radiant heat, a state-of-the-art Rumford fireplace, and a modem kitchen and bathrooms complement the hand-hewn reclaimed beams, repurposed woodwork, and restored windows and doors to create an efficient and stylistic home that honors its history. A photovoltaic solar system on the roof complements the traditional earthen stucco brick parapet.

About the builder: Scott Cherry is the founder and driving force behind Lightfoot, a natural build-design company best known for its healthy, efficient homes and historic restorations in Santa Fe. Lightfoot specializes in combining natural building practices with high-performance construction and design to create elegant, adaptable structures that conserve resources while remaining rooted in traditional and ecological building practices. Scott is highly involved in the entire build-design process from concept to completion, guaranteeing excellent craftsmanship. You will often find him on job sites with the Lightfoot team, connecting with clients in person.


Pictured: Lightfoot team



• Remodel/addition/complete restoration

• Restored windows and doors, repurposed woodwork, traditional earthen stucco brick parapet

• Modern design and features, state-of-the-art Rumford fireplace

• Photovoltaic solar system


Lot Size: .400 acre+/-

Heated Square Feet: 2,557

Total Square Feet: 3,172

Landscape Design: Chris Watson and Scott Cherry

Interior Design Team: Chris Watson and Scott Cherry

Lightfoot, Inc. – Santa Fe’s Historic Guadalupe Historic District

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