ADOBE SPACE is a community space provided to the community for readings, gallery showings, and various community gatherings by its owner, Alamosa, Colorado resident, Maria Abeyta.
Briefly: In early spring of 1915 due to circumstances beyond her control, Maria's grandmother, Genoveva Garcia de Luna on her own, took a carriage, a horse and all she could carry and traveled north 80 miles from her hometown of Los Brazos, New Mexico to the small railroad town of Alamosa, Colorado. That year, with money provided by her family, Genoveva Garcia de Luna purchased a property and built her adobe home, known today as Adobe Space. Here she took a job as a laundress for a local doctor who provided additional laundress duties at the small hospital he ran.
In 2010, Ms. Abeyta, a strong adobe home preservationist, fought Colorado Department of Transportation to stop them from widening Highway 285 and razing Adobe Space. She won the battle and is responsible for the preservation of Adobe Space and, in turn, the town’s resulting unusual traffic patterns.
Grateful for her success and in honor of her grandmother, Ms. Abeyta provides Adobe Space as a cultural gathering space to develop and present cultural works that reflect the original peoples of southern Colorado, Northern New Mexico and the original Hispano settlers of New Mexico who occupied this southern Colorado land until 1876 when Colorado became a state.
Genoveva Garcia de Luna and and her young daughter, Filomena Mercure circa 1918.
© 2020 by Maria Abeyta.
513 West Avenue
Alamosa, CO 81101