Patio Escondido Mall in Old Town, Albuquerque was once home to the Sagrada, a sacred arts school founded by Dominican Sister Giotto Moots in 1969. Sister Giotto, a Graduate and Dean of Villa Schifanoia in Florence Italy, received permission to open the self-sustaining program with a mission of nurturing artists in the growth and development of their creative expression. Doing this in New Mexico was of particular interest to Sister Giotto due to the spirit of the Native American and Hispanic cultural influences that are present here. She believed those influences were congruent with those of the artist. Within the campus was Joseph’s Table, an income producing, student-staffed dining hall, an Art Gallery which displayed the work of the students, two story residential studios, accommodating up to 12 students at a time, and the chapel, Capilla de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Within the Chapel, a shrine is built in her honor. While Catholic in concept, the Sagrada was intended to welcome all non-Catholic and non-Christian artists.
Today, the Chapel is a sacred public place in Albuquerque’s Old Town providing comfort to those seeking a sanctuary for quiet prayer and meditation. It is available for personal use for weddings, baptisms, renewal ceremonies, memorial services, and other special events. All are welcome.
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The RESIDENCES consist of six two story townhouses situated discretely behind the commercial area of the mall. Each townhouse sports a large two story central room with a towering fireplace. There are two small lofts hanging on each side and then a stairway leading to the one bedroom and bath loft area. They all have 2nd story balconies for viewing the sunset over Old Town. All of the units were rehabbed and updated in 2008 and are in excellent condition.
The RESIDENCES were constructed as an integral part of the Sagrada Art Studios. The development and construction were completed by Sister Giotto Moots with the help of her sister nuns and the blessings of the Vatican. The RESIDENCES provided shelter for the nuns and students at the Sagrada Art Studios.
For rental rates and availability of the RESIDENCES, please contact the Patio Escondido Mall Manager, Scott Lopez, at 505-933-4423. Incidentally, in the past, some of the residents have volunteered to let the bride and groom use their townhouses to get dressed for the ceremonies. Most residents are friendly toward wedding parties and their reception guests.