News for Friday, September 7, 2012

Purchase Nearly Doubles Size of SAR's Historic Campus

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The School for Advanced Research (SAR), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, today completed the purchase of a 7.44-acre undeveloped tract that adjoins its campus on the east side of Santa Fe. This addition brings its total campus acreage to more than 16 acres, and provides for the gradual growth of infrastructure and programs for decades to come. For more than a century, SAR has provided a unique environment for the advanced study and communication of knowledge about human culture, evolution, history, and creative expression. More than 200 leading scholars have held fellowships at SAR, and some 1,500 have participated in its renowned Advanced Seminar program, the publications from which compose the core of post-doctoral training in anthropology and allied disciplines.

SAR was established in Santa Fe in 1907 as a center for the study of the archaeology and ethnology of the American Southwest. Since 1972, SAR has been housed in its current location at the historic Amelia White Estate. “El Delirio” was built by Amelia Elizabeth and Martha Root White in the 1920s and now stewards one of the world’s most significant collections of Native American art. Amelia White, who supported SAR during her lifetime, deeded the property to the school upon her death in 1972. SAR has impeccably preserved the site’s buildings, grounds, and collections, and recently received the Historic Santa Fe Foundation Stewardship Award for its sensitive preservation of the White Estate. Any future development will be in keeping with the character and appearance of the campus and surrounding neighborhood.

The SAR campus currently comprises meeting/lecture spaces, offices, residences for fellowship scholars and artists, a library, publishing office, archives, research center, maintenance facilities and storage, totaling 49,508 square feet. As recently approved by the City of Santa Fe’s Board of Adjustment, SAR’s near-term construction planning includes a Work Plaza for the School’s Physical Plant and an Office/Studio building to host scholars and artists, both to be situated on the current campus, along with a three-unit residential cluster to be sited on the newly acquired property.

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