National and State Register

Garcia School

Costilla County

The Garcia School is one of only a few adobe buildings remaining in what was once Plaza de los Manzanares, a settlement in the San Luis Valley dating to 1849.

The Garcia School seen from the county road.

The Garcia School.

Photo from State Register nomination.

An exact construction date for the school is unknown, but it is believed to date to ca. 1913 when the property was sold to Costilla County School District Number Two under the express condition that it be used for a public school.  The school closed its doors in 1963, but later served as a community library and Head Start program.  The school is a rare example of a Territorial Adobe rural school which still maintains its architectural integrity, and it meets the registration requirements of the Rural School Buildings in Colorado Multiple Property Documentation Form.