Accommodations at Taos Territorial Just off the Taos Plaza

taos artist Jim Wagner painted casita
artist Jim Wagner painted casita, furniture



A History Of The Historic Taos Territorial Compound

Wagner Casita A

This delightful vacation home casita literally surrounds guests with the local color and art of Taos NM. Hand painted by Taos artist Jim Wagner, this remarkable home rental offers visitors a unique New Mexico travel experience to be immersed in an original work of art. Contact us to make your reservations today.

Each casita consists of approximately 450 square feet of living space and has a kitchen, a cozy bedroom with a queen bed, and comfortable living room. The casitas are ideal for couples or even a family with one child.

Additionally, each casita has a private courtyard and its own private hot tub. The Wagner A and Wagner B Casitas can be opened into each other via a privacy door allowing the casitas more flexibility for guests.

The casitas were constructed by the Martinez family around 1875. The walls are made of 18-inch thick adobe mud. Aside from the modern electronics, appliances, and the radiant water heating system, the buildings have gone unchanged since construction.


The land on which the Taos Territorial Compound is located is part of the original 17,360-acre claim of the "Pueblo of Taos", surveyed in 1858 by John W. Garretsen for the United States Congress. At that time the New Mexico Territory was sparsely populated and Taos was home to legendary fur trader and frontiersman Kit Carson. In 1864 President Abraham Lincoln signed a hand written order granting the General Land Office the authority to parcel out the large claim thus allowing smaller tracts be sold to settlers and developed. Later that year Santiago Martinez acquired the corner lot for the price of "one cow and five pesos."