This historic image of the Nambé Mill was created by Helmuth Naumer, who lived and worked in Santa Fe from 1932 until his passing in 1990. Naumer's estate is represented by the Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe, NM.
In the secluded countryside, the Mill House is place of story. Neighboring Nambé and Pojoaque Pueblos, at the end of a long dirt road, an A-frame home seems to have been spun from a sizable iron wheel. The river carves its path to the old mill, diverting to an acequia where desert sage and scarlet globe mallow grow tall along the north-facing porch. Neighborhood couples and children walk alongside the coyote fence under the long arm of a cottonwood tree to swing over the quiet waters. Here, we envision a past life, during a time when the iron wheel hurdled water around its open gates into an aqueduct, through the old pipes of a home and onto a sandstone table. Men and women watched the stone grind wheat, the clay-like globs dropped from the table to be dried. This is all we know, and we are learning as we go.
Currently inhabited by a collective of women, the Mill House serves not only as a refuge and residence, it is a space that hosts a breadth of creative projects, events and offers a residency program, which aims to integrate a deeper sense of place, narrative, creativity, and stewardship for our communities to engage with.