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Salon El Zaguán: Italian Stonemasons in New Mexico with Adrienne Digneo

  • Historic Santa Fe Foundation 545 Canyon Road Santa Fe, NM, 87501 United States (map)
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Historic Santa Fe Foundation presents
Adrienne Digneo's lecture on
A History of the Italian Stonemasons in New Mexico
Thursday, November 8, 3pm
RSVP Required

Historic Santa Fe Foundation presents the November Salon El Zaguán monthly lecture series with Adrienne Digneo on A History of the Italian Stonemasons in New Mexico.

The talk is scheduled for Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 3pm in the sala of El Zaguán, the home of HSFF offices, located at 545 Canyon Road, Suite 2, Santa Fe. There is no charge for admission for members and the non-members entry fee is $10. RSVP is required to 505-983-2567 or Membership information on our Join & Give page.

Archbishop Lamy commissioned Italian artisans in the late 1870s to finish the cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi. Three families arrived in Santa Fe via Baltimore, Maryland. This is the story of one of the families: the Digneo family. The homes are located on Paseo de Peralta across from the capitol building and extend around the corner on Webber Street. This unique area (which is now South Capitol) consisted of Italians, Spanish and Lebanese.

The talk will illustrate other landmarks (e.g., the First Ward School on the corner of Garcia and Canyon Road, now the Ventana Gallery) in Santa Fe and in New Mexico that were built by the family and descendants.

Adrienne Digneo is the great-granddaughter of Carlo Digneo. Her grandfather, Charles Digneo, was one of Carlo’s nine children. He and his family resided in one of the family homes in the Paseo de Peralta complex. His daughter, Sarah (Dollee) Digneo was Adrienne’s mother.

Although Adrienne did not grow up here, she is back in the fold. Her career was as a women’s health nurse practitioner in California. She has 2 daughters -- Angela and Francesca -- and a wonderful husband, Terry Knickerbocker, who is not Italian.

To RSVP for this event at HSFF's El Zaguán, contact Jacqueline Hill at or call 505-983-2567.