Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Elizabeth Garrett]
To really know Elizabeth Garrett, one should see her in her home. Her five room stucco adobe house, “La Casa”, at 102 So. Lea Avenue has all the color and atmosphere of the early-day Spanish architecture, interior decoration and furnishing. The living room is bright and cheering (no shades are ever drawn to exclude the sunlight here) and there are flowers everywhere, with a soft blending of bright colors - gold predominating - in draperies, rugs and pictures.
There in a corner fireplace which speaks plainly of being the center of interest, and sun symbol designs and Thunder Birds adorn the andirons and door knocker made especially for this home by Colonel “Scotty” Andrew - being gifts of Mr. Joe Strong and his sister Mrs. Peter Nelson.
“‘most everything in my home are gifts from friends,” stated Elizabeth Garrett.
“Many are from my dearly loved Sister Pauline who lives at Las Cruces.”
The gentle touch of her seeing hands showed me each prized treasure. A hand painted tray - a “Spanish Seniorita”, the work of an artist friend, held the place of honor over the fireplace. There was a splendid painting “Small De Fonso” by Hazel Hanson, a framed Western picture with song - “Out In New Mexico” by Annie Laurie Snorf, that was put to music by Elizabeth Garrett, and many articles of gift furniture - a Spanish vase, inlaid coffee table, stools, chairs, lamps, and bright colored Navajo rugs. All these gifts accumalated for the “Dream House” - longed for, planned for and at last come true, in all its quaint artistry of construction.
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