From 1970 to 2010, forty years of summer performances have graced the stages of the Palo Soleri Amphitheater on the grounds of the Indian School in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Among the many noteworthy performers have been Carlos Santana, Crosby Stills and Nash, Leonard Cohen, Lyle Lovett, and others.
Framed by the earth-formed architectural expressions of iconic architect and urban visionary Paolo Soleri, the stage has fallen silent since the end of the 2010 season. Closed now due to financial circumstances, the venue is slated for demolition soon. But how soon?
Since the amphitheater is built on Native American trust land, it is not subject to architectural preservation regulations of the State of New Mexico or of the City of Santa Fe. Allegretti Architects believes and hopes that a creative solution can will found which would allow this once joyous venue to operate at a solid profit for its owners.
Paolo Soleri passed away on April 9, 2013 at age 93. He will long remain a part of global architecture and local Santa Fe remembrance.