The Bureau of Land Management Socorro Field Office (Field Office) began stabilization of the Commanding Officer’s Quarters on September 23, 2013, and completion is expected about October 11, 2013. Work is being done by historic preservation professionals who are taking special care not to damage the fragile ruins while they work. The process involves repointing which renews mortar joints as well as plaster repair. Over time, weathering and decay cause voids in the joints between stones and behind plaster, allowing moisture in. Freeze-thaw cycles further accelerates the decay of the structure.
The purpose of the project is to prevent deterioration due to exposure to the elements so that this iconic feature of the Fort is there for future generations. The effort is one of a series of projects to enhance and improve the visitor experience involving this very important Territorial and Civil War Fort.