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The Legacy of Eric Sloane

Since the late-1970s Casa de las Nubes has stood as a testament to the genius of Eric Sloane and his evocative landscapes and overwhelming skyscapes. Eric Sloane (1905-1985) was a prolific artist, author and illustrator of over 30 books. A museum in Kent, Connecticut features works of art by Eric Sloane and houses a reconstruction of one of his studios.

Eric Sloane PhotoPerhaps the most notable work, Earth Flight Environment, a large mural, hangs prominently at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. But closer to home, Forest Fenn writes in his book Seventeen Dollars a Square Inch-A Personal Tribute to Eric Sloane, that "Eric Sloane was the best thing that ever happened to Fenn Gallery in Santa Fe."

An authentic adobe, Casa de las Nubes (House of the Clouds) evolved into an integral part of the land and mood of New Mexico. The property commands an inspirational view of four mountain ranges and expresses the Santa Fe vernacular while exemplifying the rich heritage and timeless elegance unique to the area. After the house was built, an article in Architectural Digest, quotes Mimi Sloane "we didn't work with an architect-just a contractor." However, a close personal friend of the Sloanes, William Lumpkins, (1909-2000) who studied architecture but never became an architect, offered his consulting services while the Sloanes were building.

Eric Sloane Taos VillageAfter Eric Sloane died, his 5th wife Mimi sold the property to a New York financial guru who enhanced the property with an expansion of the kitchen, a spacious master suite, a full gym replete with sauna, hot tub, steam and ample space for exercise equipment, plus an office building with some of the best views in all of Santa Fe. But, the original design has remained largely intact. The architect for the remodel, Philippe Register, kept key elements of Sloan's vision. Hand-punched tin cabinetry in the kitchen, hand-forged hardware, the original fireplaces and bedrooms that became guest bedrooms, continuation of adobe walls that are over 3 feet thick, and soaring ceilings with clerestory windows are some the features that contribute to Casa de las Nubes' distinctive look and feel.

The current owners who recognized the provenance and historical significance of the property have lovingly maintained and updated many mechanical systems to accommodate modern conveniences. They now realize that Casa de las Nubes needs a new steward with the keen appreciation for the history, the inspiring native lands, and the importance of preserving this architectural masterpiece.