Santa Fe Living Treasures â€“ Elder Stories
Through the years Sara Melton has acquired an encyclopedic knowledge of buildings, issues, neighborhoods, history, zoning and renovation issuesâ€”information she is eager to share. She arguably knows more about such things than any other person; and many of the people she has assisted regard her almost with awe, as reflected in their praise: "a moral compass," "a mission of protecting Santa Fe's historic character," "guardian of all that is the historic heritage," "an unmatchable resource," "loves Santa Fe with a fierce passion," "a mainstay in preserving the integrity of Santa Fe's historic fabric." One person said: "One of the few people who knows what is in Chapter 14, the city's land-use development code." And another: "The community owes so much to Sara."
In 2002, Sara Melton signed a historic preservation easement on a Spanish-Colonial-era adobe house she owns just off Paseo de Peralta on Otero Street, in the heart of the Historic District. Under terms of the easement, she made a commitment to never let the building's historic character be diminished, during or after her lifetime. It will endure.
In August 2003 the Old Santa Fe Association board of directors held a day-long retreat to fully consider its role and future course. As part of the day, the group's assets and deficits were listed. Only one individual was officially declared an asset: Sara Melton.
Photo Â©2004 by Steve Northrup
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