The following information is from the O'Keeffe's Abiquiú Home panel in the Georgia O'Keeffe Welcome Center.
The O'Keeffe Home and Studio reflects a blend of Native American and Spanish Colonial building styles, regional architectural traditions dating back centuries. The oldest rooms were probably built in 1744. The house was expanded in the nineteenth century into a pueblo-style adobe (mud brick) hacienda, with rows of rooms organized around a common open space, or plazuela.
It was one of the courtyard walls of the home that first attracted O'Keeffe. She recalled:
"As I climbed and walked about in the ruin I found a patio with a very pretty well house and bucket to draw up water. It was a good-sized patio with a long wall with a door on one side. That wall with a door in it was something I had to have."
It took several years to acquire and rebuild the house; O'Keeffe finally made Abiquiú her permanent home in 1949. The special character of the property, a quiet sanctuary from which to draw inspiration, perfectly suited O'Keeffe's needs.
O'Keeffe lived in the home from 1949 until 1984. She died in Santa Fe on March 6, 1986 at the age of 98. The O'Keeffe Home and Studio was designated a National Historic landmark in 1998 and is now part of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.
Note: When visiting O'Keeffe Home and Studio, visitors are not allowed to photograph the inside of the home and studio. Photography is limited to the exterior of the building.