Interrupted Elegance

29 Jan

Henequen was the “green gold” of the Yucatan. This prized sisal fiber was exported all over the world from the mid-1800s into the 20th century. The wealth amassed was unbelievable for its time and was held by 50 prominent families. Many of these families built mansions in Merida. Paseo Montejo, a broad tree-lined avenue in contemporary Merida, is lined with these decaying beauties. Some are being renovated. Others have become scruffy bike rental shops or torn down and replaced by lackluster modern architecture. Their original elegance has been interrupted by time and the city itself.DSC00886
















5 Responses to “Interrupted Elegance”

  1. Dede January 29, 2016 at 5:59 pm #

    Wonderful! And so much better now than earlier on my phone! What about their gardens?

    • Jill January 30, 2016 at 1:02 am #

      The gardens surround the houses and are sub-tropical, tropical, lots of palms and giant ferns with deciduous trees mixed in. We saw one amazing flower we had never seen before, (coming on a future blog.) But in general we haven’t seen any external WOW gardens. I suspect they save the best for inside the house on the courtyard/terrace and around the pool. That’s the way it is at our house here.

  2. Joyce Tate January 29, 2016 at 12:36 pm #

    Wow – these buildings are beautiful. Would enjoy seeing how the insides are furnished.

    • Jill January 29, 2016 at 12:56 pm #

      Merida’s renovated historic homes hold surprises. Many of the smaller colonials are built right up to the sidewalk and are very narrow, leaving you with the impression that they are small and dark. But like the house we are enter a narrow entry hall and proceed through rooms that open into a bright courtyard in the center or back of the house. We’ll see if we can’t find more interiors to photograph for you…

      • Joyce Tate January 29, 2016 at 5:38 pm #

        Thanks!! I look forward to seeing these pictures if it works for you to do this.

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