Since 1986, Cornerstones has helped transform 380 architectural treasures, historic sites, structures, and churches. Cornerstones prides itself in teaching and using only traditional building methods and trains youth and adults directly using a hands-on approach. The education program teaches culturally sensitive programs with a transformational and fun goal in mind.
We believe an involved community takes pride in its historic buildings and cultural values. We appreciate the time people give us whether it’s an hour or days. We want volunteering to be mutually beneficial, so, we work with volunteers to make sure they get the most out of their experience.
How does Cornerstones work with communities?
Communities come directly to us for assistance with their historic preservation projects. Communities remain the project leader even when we’re actively working on the site. We are involved only as an assistant or consultant for the project and provide only the help the community needs such as technical assistance, gathering materials, tools, or equipment, fundraising assistance, and organizing volunteer days.
We believe the community must be the project lead. Often, communities provide community 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 that the community supports long-term.
Is Cornerstones a contractor?
No. We do not have a contractor’s license and do not need one. The projects belong to the community and the work is their responsibility. We can recommend a licensed professional when code issues apply.
How are projects chosen?
Projects are chosen on a first-come first-served basis. We try to help everyone who needs us.
Does Cornerstones work with Native Americans?
Yes. Currently, we are have youth interns from Cochiti Pueblo and Navajo Reservation.
How does Cornerstones work with federal agencies?
We are a member of the Desert Southwest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit out of the University of Arizona. Through this group, the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Forest Service, and Department of Defense can seek our assistance to research preservation issues and conduct workshops for the purpose of training federal personnel, students, volunteers, and other interested parties in preservation work associated with traditional building practices.
Are Cornerstones projects only in northern New Mexico?
No. We work throughout the southwest. Sometimes, we go even further. A few years ago we provided technical assistance in Idaho and in 2016 we worked in Arizona, California, Utah, and Wyoming.
How can I get involved or volunteer?
How can I donate?
You can write a check and mail it or you can use your credit card on our donate page.
Cornerstones Community Partnerships
P.O. Box 2341
Santa Fe, NM 87504-2341
Board of Directors
Sponsors and Partners
Hotel St. Francis
Hotel St. Francis, a Heritage Hotel, has an established history of cultural preservation initiatives. When you stay there, you encounter a distinctive story that celebrates New Mexico’s rich, multi-cultural legacy. Heritage Hotels & Resorts has been supporting cultural and artistic ventures for more than a decade by featuring regionally inspired design, custom artwork, decor, cuisine, music, and entertainment in their hotels. As a continuation of this tradition of supporting cultural preservation and advancement, they donate a portion of revenue from every room night to culturally and artistically significant endeavors.
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