What We Do

We help communities continue their cultural heritage by assisting them with the care of their historic buildings. Communities retain ownership of the projects; we help them meet their goals.

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Mission

Cornerstones works in partnership with communities to restore historic structures, encourage traditional building practices, and affirm cultural values.

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Vision

Reach out and respond to communities in New Mexico and throughout the greater Southwest to assist preservation efforts on an as-needed basis dependent on resources available.

Partner with communities, other not-for-profits, public institutions, individuals, volunteer organizations, and county, state and federal agencies to sustain and further the mission.

Actively promote and conduct training experiences for youth and professionals to sustain traditional building skills.

Maintain a community-based organization in Santa Fe and the surrounding area to support the effort.

Our Approach

Communities come to Cornerstones for assistance with their historic preservation projects. They remain the project leader even when we’re actively working on the site. We are involved only as an assistant or consultant throughout the project. We provide only the help the community needs such as technical assistance, gathering materials, tools or equipment, fundraising assistance, and organizing volunteer days.

We believe in having as much of the community as possible involved during the project. The communities also provide members to fill paid positions such as interns, architects, carpenters, and more. On volunteer days, community residents have the chance to work directly on buildings. A successful project is one the community supports long-term.

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Current Projects

We Need Your Help!

Help us continue to help communities continue their cultural heritage by assisting them with the care of their historic buildings.