STATELY HOMES IN MERIDA
Stately homes in Mérida, architecture faithful witness of history.
The capital of Yucatán is one of the oldest cities of our continent. Its construction, which began a few years after the conquest of México by Spanish hands, has remained over the centuries, leaving witnesses of the growth of several structures that today are unique attractions in the world. Erected in different styles, times and situations, the many stone-built noble mansions of Merida command respect for its magnificence and above all, for its incomparable beauty.
Casa Montejo (63 St, next to the Plaza Grande, Downtown) - Built in the sixteenth century, is the only example of civilian house with Renaissance style in México. Built by an unknown Maese Juan, the facade is the finest example of Plateresque art in the country. In 1526, the Spanish Crown gave to Don Francisco de Montejo "El Viejo", the title of “ El Adelantado de Yucatán”, so he ordered the construction of this house on the south side of the Plaza Mayor. In the superb façade can be read the inscription: "This work send to the ...Adelantado Don Francisco de Montejo MDXLIX ," probably the
date when the construction was ended.
Over the years, Casa Montejo has undergone several modifications according to the styles of their various owners, but what has remained through its 400 years of existence is the imposing facade, which still enchants regional and strangers as one of the most recognizable landmarks of Mérida. Currently belongs to the National Bank of Mexico BANAMEX , which enabled it as a museum site and provides ongoing exhibitions and educational services.
Palacio Municipal (62 St, between 61 and 63, Downtown) - the beautiful arches of the Palace, built during the first half of the eighteenth century, marks the site in where, one of the main pre-Hispanic buildings of the Mayan T'Hó were constructed . Its façade belonged to one of the most impressive colonial houses nowadays demolished.
Casa del Hacendado Henequenero ( 62 St, between 63 and 65, Downtown) - was the home of Lic. Carlos Peon Maldonado, former governor of Yucatan. Is a luxurious residence porfirian style, with its marble floors covered with two sober colors and stone steps, provides a clear example of luxury houses decoration in the early twentieth century.
Casas Moriscas (56 and 55 corner and 62 St, between 69 and 71 St , Downtown) - With a French-Moorish influence these houses were built by Spanish immigrants, probably flooded with Andalusian feelings, gave unique aspects to these houses with extraordinary and exquisite results.
Ritter House & Bock (56 St, between 63 and 65, Downtown) – Was originally a prestige hardware store. It opened in 1905, the construction of its metal structure was Germany manufacture; coordinated by the engineer Mr. Manuel Canton Ramos.
Casa Peón de Regil - (Paseo Montejo no. 471, corner with 35 St ) – The rich landowner Peter Regil C. ordered the construction of this house, which was completed in 1905. It´s historically the second most important house of Paseo Montejo. One of the best facades, made in perfect proportions and style, the fine work in stone columns and balustrades increase their majestic air. The architect who planned this beauty is unknown. It is one of the greatest tourist attractions and one of the most treasured buildings in the city.
Palacio Canton (Paseo Montejo corner with 43 St) the General Francisco Canton ordered the construction of this palace, whose plans are work of the Italian architect Enrico Deserti, the same who builtthe Peon Contreras Theatre. The Henequen wealth was reflected in items such as the Italian marble monumental staircase that leads to the main rooms of this building, in the middle of last century, was
the residence for the State governors. Currently is the Regional Museum of Anthropology and History.
Las Casas Camara o Gemelas (Twin houses) (Paseo Montejo no. 495, between 43 and 45 St) – The Cámara Zavala brothers ordered their mansion plans to the European architect M. Umbdenstock, in a French eighteenth century style the construction began in 1906. We have to highlight various elements, such as palaces, the balconies and well done ironwork of the gates, remaining the residential streets of Paris in the early twentieth century.
Casa Medina o Peón del Minarete (Paseo Montejo no. 473) -The Medina residence has similar characteristics to others of the time, having the particularity of a unique high vantage point constructed with Moorish influence and bringing a perfect landscape cover with Yucatecan henequen and orchards. This house has survived the
decline of urban growth.
Quinta Montes Molina, before Villa Beatriz-(Paseo Montejo no.469, between 33-A and 35) - This home was built by the family Portuando Regil, who emigrated from Cuba when in Yucatán started the social changes of the revolution. Then Avelino L. Montes a senior trader of henequen, acquired the mansion. Nowadays the lamps, mirrors, rugs, furniture, tableware and so on, remain original. This enclosure keeps the doors open to those who want to experiment a journey through
the past in this beautiful place. It is home to many artistic and society events and its magnificent courtyards.