April 7, 2017
The answer to where Keith Gorges grew up isn’t simple. His father worked for General Electric, and the family was rarely in one place for more than two or three years. But Gorges was the kid who couldn’t wait to pack up and see what was next.
By the time he finished high school, Gorges was an experienced backpacker and mountain climber. He spent his youth chasing adventure: hitchhiking the ALCAN Highway to spend summers in Alaska; climbing the Cordillera Blanca in Peru; working construction jobs to the pay the bills; and studying forestry, wilderness education, and environmental sciences.
Gorges moved to Santa Fe in 1990 and quickly fell in love with the city and its adobe architecture. His construction skills prompted him to form Blue Buffalo Builders, specializing in remodeling older adobes. Upon joining an Ultimate Frisbee team, he met brothers and fellow builders Kurt and Eric Faust. The three formed Tierra Concepts in 1993, building custom homes—at first in Eldorado, now often in La Tierra and Las Campanas.
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