Sunday, November 26, 2006

The New Mexican, In brief, 11/14/2006

In brief, 11/14/2006: "By THE NEW MEXICAN
November 14, 2006
Seton Castle plans still in limbo

A year after a fire destroyed Seton Castle, its owner doesn't know what will be rebuilt on the site south of Santa Fe.

Ernest Thompson Seton, a naturalist who founded the Boy Scouts of America and the Woodcraft League, built the 32-room, 6,900-square-foot house between 1934 and 1946.

In 2003, a nonprofit called the Academy for the Love of Learning bought the Seton Village house from Seton's daughter, put its artworks, books and other materials in storage and began a renovation. On Nov. 15, 2005, a fire left only a few walls of the dwelling standing.

The academy's education resource coordinator, Donato Jaggers, said Monday that he continues to work with the insurance company over the settlement.

'Something will be built out there,' he said. 'We don't know exactly what it is at this point, and we can't exactly say when we're going to start because we don't know when this insurance process is going to be finished.'"

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