Taylor-Mesilla Historic Property

Located on the historic plaza in Old Mesilla, the Taylor-Mesilla Historic Property embodies the rich history and heritage of the Southwest borderlands. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it consists of two storefronts and a large residence in the rear. In 1953, the three adobe buildings became home to J. Paul and the late Mary Daniels-Taylor, their children, and the family’s extraordinary collection of Spanish Colonial, Mexican, and New Mexican artwork.

Within it, visitors better understand the history, culture, and architecture of Mesilla and immerse themselves in a time in the nineteenth century when Mesilla was the center of political, commercial, and social activity in Southern New Mexico. The people who lived here represent the cultural diversity of the community and were witnesses to important historic events that took place within the region. The buildings’ architecture, design and décor provide authentic examples of different building styles and traditional adobe construction.

Open only by appointment at present, the property will eventually join the Historic Sites system, and we are working toward crafting the amenities that will enhance visitors’ experiences. And we’re doing so in the spirit of J. Paul and Mary Daniels-Taylor, who were active participants in politics, education, religion, history, and the arts. The donation of their precious home reflects their deep desire to promote a better understanding and appreciation of the history, culture, and architecture of New Mexico.

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