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history by Eve Tolpa photographs by Chris Corrie

a Canyon Road contributing home gets a modern makeover while staying true to its roots

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he lower part of Canyon Road is well known for its galleries, but what’s less known is that the street boasts hidden residential pockets with houses that are themselves works of art. One such historic jewel, an award-winning restoration, renovation, and preservation project by Woods Design Builders, defies expectations of what constitutes Santa Fe style. The home, set on an unexpectedly large lot off the famous road, is what’s known as a contributing property, which, according to company founder Sharon Woods, means it “contributes to the historic streetscape” and thus must be preserved. Woods herself was uniquely qualified to take on the project. As chair of the city’s Historic Districts Review Board, she understands the intentions that govern the organization’s guidelines—and sees them as opportunities rather than restrictions. Her challenge in this case: “How do we work within the rules and still give the owners everything they want?” How, indeed. The homeowners, a couple with three 56

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