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Preserving Our History

The City of Las Cruces values our history and culture, and encourages those who are repairing or rehabilitating their own historic properties to do so in a way that protects the integrity of the property. The recent rehabilitation projects at the Rio Grande Theatre, Phillips Chapel, and Nestor Armijo house, are excellent examples of the community benefits of historic preservation, including:

  • Marketable commercial value of historic properties and district;
  • Stabilized, and in some cases, increased, property values;
  • Unique and engaging sites or districts for visitors to appreciate and enjoy;
  • Recognition that the accomplishments and challenges faced by earlier residents may be relevant now and in the future;
  • Enhanced civic pride and neighborhood identity.

The vast majority of historic properties are located downtown or the Mesquite, Alameda Depot, and Mesilla Park Historic Districts. Over 1,000 buildings and structures are listed on the State Register of Cultural Properties or the National Register of Historic Places.

Link for the City of Las Cruces Historic Preservation Ad Hoc Committee

Links for State and federal information:

Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Historic Preservation

New Mexico Office of Cultural Affairs Historic Preservation Division (HPD)

National Park Service - Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program


National Trust for Historic Preservation

For more information, contact David Weir or Armando Morales

Phillips Chapel rehabilitation completed in 2013.

Photo compilation of Phillips Chapel and Armijo house