|Georgia O'Keefe at home. The Ghost Ranch , New Mexico (Alexander Calder mobile)|
|“To me it is the best place in the world,” O’Keeffe (at 94) said of Ghost Ranch. “It has always been secluded and solitary. When I first went there, it was only one house with one room—which had a ghost living in it.|
|Fire place at The Ghost Ranch, New Mexico|
|From House & Garden, 1965|
|The Dining Room|
|Photo by Herbert Lotz / courtesy of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.|
|The Ghost Ranch Kitchen|
|Staircase at The Ghost Ranch|
"As soon as I saw it, I knew I must have it”
This established a pattern she would follow for years, summers at Ghost Ranch exploring on foot and on canvas the beauty of the place, winters in New York. Because she was basically a loner, she sought lodging at the Ranch that was somewhat isolated from the headquarters area. Pack offered to rent her his own residence called Rancho de los Burros. This suited her very well.
One spring O’Keeffe arrived unexpectedly and found someone else lodging at Ranchos de los Burros. Feeling a sense of ownership, she demanded to know what those people were doing in her house. When Pack pointed out that it wasn’t her house, she insisted that he sell it to her. Thus, in 1940, she became the owner of a very small piece of Ghost Ranch land: a house and seven acres. (In later years she told a Ranch employee doing roadwork near her home, “I wanted enough land to keep a horse–all Arthur would sell me was enough for my sewer!”)
But Rancho de los Burros was a summer place and also a desert one. O’Keeffe wanted a garden and a winter home. Eventually, she bought three acres in the village of Abiquiu with a crumbling adobe home. She spent three years remodeling and rebuilding the house before it was fit for human habitation. After her husband, Alfred Stieglitz, died, O’Keeffe left New York to make Abiquiu her permanent home.
|Georgia O'Keefe at The Ghost Ranch|
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