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History of Casa de Toro

The story of Casa de Toro began in 1969 when our parents found the perfect place — the Taos Ski Valley — to build their long-sought cabin "in the mountains".

Construction began in 1970, mostly performed by our dad with help from Worth when he was home from college.  By Christmas 1972, the cabin was completed and we spent our first holiday there.  Named after the Bull-of-the-Woods meadow near Mt. Wheeler, Casa de Toro was a family retreat from the hot, dry summers of our home town Amarillo, Texas for 34 years.

In 2006 after our mother died — our father had died in 1999 — we decided that we would remodel and enlarge the cabin.  We hired Troy Brown, a local architect, and began the design phase.  As we delved further into the remodeling process we realized that the cabin was in need of some extensive updating: electrical re-wiring, new plumbing, re-worked water well, etc.  Construction began in the summer of 2008 and was finished 18 months later.  Just as we had 37 years earlier, we christened the "new" casa by spending Christmas there in 2009. 

In summary, Casa de Toro has had a long, distinguished, and loving 40-year history with our family.  Today, our two families are the proud, second-generation owners of a place that is in its second life.  While our parents are not here to see it, we know that they would really like what we've done and we hope you do, too.