La Santísima Trinidad, Arroyo Seco
The Holy Trinity church in Arroyo Seco is an excellent example of early 19th century historic mission churches of northern New Mexico. Dating from the 1830’s, its thick adobe walls, heavy pine vigas, hand-crafted corbels and original altar screen tell of the intense faith that motivated the early settlers who built it, using only the simplest of tools: their hands, wood and earth.
In 1965, to accommodate a growing congregation, a new church was built and the “old” one, used less and less, began to fall into disrepair. “Any time I drove by, it hurt me to see that,” said community member Palemón Martínez. In 1989, there was a real concern in the community that the structural problems of the building were worsening, putting the church in danger of collapse. The local Church Restoration Committee asked Cornerstones to perform a technical assessment of the building and in 1994 they began a restoration effort in earnest.