Cannon Frank: A Design Corporation PC

Southwest Adobe Home

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Nestled on four and a half acres high above Santa Fe in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and built around Ponderosa Pine trees, is an authentic adobe-style guest house. The owners lived in this guest house, which showcases many of their native collections, as they awaited completion of their nearby main residence, under the meticulous direction of John Cannon.

Avid antique collectors, the homeowners wanted the project to include 17th Century Spanish Colonial Guatemalan and Philippine antiques. Exceptional standards of authentic adobe building techniques and finishes are carried throughout the house. They are especially visible with the South American plantation shutters used as cabinet doors and millwork in the kitchen and bathroom. The ceilings are fabricated in the traditional latilla and viga style, which is structural as well as ornamental. Additionally, the Saltillo tile used throughout the flooring and walls is a blend of 17 different tile patterns creating an "Old World" warmth and charm.

In addition to all of the furniture and accessories in the home, Cannon Frank oversaw all interior architecture details, millwork, lighting, flooring, plumbing, appliances and wall finishes as well as the design of the adobe fireplace.

Cannon Frank also designed the clients' eclectic contemporary north suburban Chicago home.

Photographs by Robert Reck.

"I was amazed that Cannon Frank was able to use traditional materials and go several steps beyond the norm to create such enormous character and a truly unique home."

- Homeowner (Southwest Adobe Home)