Romero Cabin will rise again

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By The Staff

Los Alamos Historical Society is in the midst of disassembling the Romero Cabin in the Historic District near Fuller Lodge.

In order to replace logs that have rotted, much of the building will have to be taken apart and then reassembled.

Laurence Campbell, historic properties chairman for the society, said all the material from the existing cabin that can be retained will be used in the rebuilding.  Historic photographs will be followed to give even more architectural authenticity to the restored cabin than it had when it was moved to the current location in 1985.

For example, the inside loft will be rebuilt, the original stove will be installed and the chinking and roof features will be more accurate.

The Romero Cabin is the only remaining publicly accessible cabin from the storied Pajarito Plateau homesteader period.

“This is an important part of our county’s historic legacy,” Campbell said.

The cabin was disassembled Wednesday and Thursday. Only the east and south walls, which are to be saved, were to remain before reassembly began today.

The contractor for the project is Caspersen Builders of Los Alamos and the restoration is made possible by a grant from the National Park Service.