The Shonnard House

The Shonnard HouseSpears Horn Architects have created a thoughtful master plan for the Shonnard property, one that provides a new 3,880 sf office building. The plan makes best use of the property for both the Foundation and neighborhood. Consolidating all Foundation staff on its Shonnard property will provide tremendous efficiency and enable more effective support for its mission. Those we benefit directly and the general public will have one defined location for interacting with the Museum of New Mexico Foundation—a beautiful, historically significant, yet up-to-date and improved property. Design and construction of the master plan will generate well over $1,000,000 in immediate economic activity and will help to re-vitalize a very visible portion of the Paseo de Peralta corridor.

Historic Shonnard House

We thank the following individuals who volunteered many hours to help spearhead this initiative.

The Shonnard House Video

Shonnard Building Committee

Michael Pettit, Chair
Clara Dougherty
Kay Harvey
Jennifer Kimball
Bill Neuhaus
Jerry Richardson


Spears Horn Architects

ArchitectsSpears Horn Architects was established in 1981 as a design firm focusing on educational facilities, commercial / institutional facilities, Indian tribal design, residential design, urban design, landscape architecture, and historic preservation. We continue to develop these areas of expertise and to blend them in many projects, creating a body of work architecturally rich and sensitive to its environment. The firm, run by principals Beverley Spears, FAIA and James Horn, AIA, is a corporation consisting of five professionals including three architects, one of whom is also a landscape architect, two highly skilled and experienced architectural graduates, and an office manager. Our three architects on staff have all worked together for more than a decade. The firm has an excellent record of responsiveness to client needs, budget management, and timely performance of contract obligations. We have also championed the process of collaboration with our clients such that the final completed project seamlessly represents the design skills and dedication of Spears Horn Architects and the vision, insight, and experience of the client. We have been honored by our peers as a New Mexico Firm of the Year which recognizes a tradition of professional excellence by a firm of architects over at least a ten-year period.

Our involvement in institutional projects has given us an understanding of the technical challenges created by tight budget constraints, complex project programs and the economic and functional implications of project schedules. We are particularly proud of our ability to work with client “communities”, whether they be for office, school, church, or museum projects. Drawing from our experience with government and institutional projects, we recognize the sensitivity required to address the important needs of clients and are aware of the foresight necessary for successful design and construction.

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