St. Augustine Mission in Los Lunas, New Mexico to Receive Preservation Honor Award

National Trust for Historic Preservation to present award at its national conference

The National Trust for Historic Preservation will present its Preservation Honor Award for the restoration of the St. Augustine Mission in Los Lunas, New Mexico.  The project is one of 18 award winners to be honored by the National Trust during its 2013 National Preservation Conference in Indianapolis, Ind. 

New Mexico is home to some of the most historic cultural sites in the country, and the adobe church of St. Augustine is one of the oldest and largest Spanish missions in the state. First built in 1613, it beautifully showcases local Puebloan architecture while serving as a reminder of an era when Native Americans’ first encountered European culture. 

Despite its significance, the 400-year old church was recently in desperate need of repair and restoration. The Pueblo of Isleta spent over five years planning the restoration, with committees run entirely by community members. The workforce included local labor and craftsmen who learned adobe restoration and carpentry techniques. Among other successes, they stabilized 400-year-old adobe walls, and conserved ancient murals throughout the mission. Without relying on outside funding, the local community planned, funded and completed a project that exceeded preservation expectations. Now, the Isleta Pueblo has re‐established its church as the spiritual and architectural anchor for the historic Native American plaza, and they are confident it will anchor the community for generations to come.             

“While each is unique, this year’s outstanding Honor Award winners all reflect the importance of protecting what is special and irreplaceable,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  “Whether it’s the spectacular restoration of an iconic public library in St. Louis or the transformation of a warehouse into housing for previously homeless residents in Detroit, this year’s Honor Award winners demonstrate how saving places bolsters local economies and creates jobs in communities across the country.”  

The award will be presented to the Pueblo of Isleta at the Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Awards ceremony in Indianapolis on November 1, 2013. 

Co-recipients are: Crocker Ltd.; Neil Carter Associates; and the St. Augustine Church Restoration Committee.

The National Preservation Awards are bestowed on distinguished individuals, nonprofit organizations, public agencies and corporations whose skill and determination have given new meaning to their communities through preservation of our architectural and cultural heritage. These efforts include citizens’ attempts to save and maintain important landmarks; companies and craftsmen whose work restores the richness of the past; the vision of public officials who support preservation projects and legislation in their communities; and educators and journalists who help Americans understand the value of preservation. The winners of the National Preservation Awards will appear online at


The 2013 National Preservation Award Winners: 

Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award: Richard Moe, Washington, D.C.

National Trust/Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Award for Federal Partnerships in Historic Preservation:  Presidio Public Health Service District, San Francisco, Calif. 

The American Express Aspire Award: Recognizing Emerging Leaders in Historic Preservation: Alison King, Phoenix, Ariz.    

Peter H. Brink Award for Individual Achievement in Historic Preservation: Don Worth – Friends of Miami Marine Stadium, Miami, Fl. 

National Trust/HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation: Riverside Plaza, Minneapolis, Minn. 

Trustees’ Award for Organizational Excellence: Cleveland Restoration Society, Cleveland, Ohio.   

The Tony Goldman Award: The Maritime, New Orleans, LA. 

Trustees Emeritus Award for Excellence in the Stewardship of Historic Sites: Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM.



African Meeting House, Boston Massachusetts 

Boyle Hotel, Los Angeles, California 

Fort Sam Houston, Fort Sam Houston, Texas 

Indiana Landmarks Center, Indianapolis, Indiana 

Kelly Cullen Community, San Francisco, California 

NSO Bell Building, Detroit, Michigan 

Ogden High School, Ogden, Utah 

St. Augustine Mission, Los Lunas, New Mexico 

St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis, Missouri 

Warren Cultural Center, Greenfield, Iowa



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