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Harwood Foundation
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Harwood Museum of Art
Location 238 Ledoux St.,
Taos, New Mexico
Area 0.8 acres (0.32 ha)
Built 1861 (1861)
Architect Abe Bowring
Architectural style Pueblo, Spanish Pueblo Revival
NRHP reference No. 76001200
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Added to NRHP December 22, 1976

Harwood Foundation is a non-profit organization in Taos, New Mexico that was listed as a National Register of Historic Places in 1976.


Harwood Foundation was founded in Taos, New Mexico in 1923 by Elizabeth Harwood, widow of Burritt Harwood, and members of the Taos business and artist community. Her partners included artist Bert Geer Phillips, physician Thomas "Doc" Martin, artist Victor Higgins, B.G. Randall and William M. Fayne. The foundation's vision was to have a library, cultural center and art center in a complex of buildings, called El Pueblito purchased by Burritt and Elizabeth Harwood between 1916 and 1924.

The El Pueblito buildings were made of adobe, inspired by the Taos Pueblo architecture. The first home purchased by the Harwoods was previously owned by Smith H. Simpson, who served as a clerk for Kit Carson during the military campaign against the Ute Indians. Simpson purchased the home in 1861 and was available for sale to the Harwoods in 1916 upon Simpson's death.

The University of New Mexico was a partner of the foundation from 1929 until 1937, and ownership was then transferred to the University. Elizabeth Harwood resided within the complex until her death in 1938. The building became the Harwood Museum of Art in 1998 when the library for the town was moved to a separate location.

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