A stroll through historic houses
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
The beauty of San Miguel de Allende lies in its streets, people, art and culture, and in its historic buildings, of course. But for those who like to look beyond the surface and get a glimpse of the past, a stroll through some beautiful, historic houses has been arranged.
Casa de las conspiraciones Plaza Principal and Relox
It is hard to believe that furniture dating from before the War of Independence still survives in some old houses in the city, but a tour through Casa de las Conspiraciones will show you otherwise. Within the walls of this historic residence the insurgents used to hold private parties in order to plot against the vice-regal government. A personal tour is free by making an appointment with Fernando Liceaga, whose office is located at San Francisco 1, Interior 8.
Casa del Mayorazgo de la Canal Calle Canal at the Jardín
The real, traditional Mexico is being shown here in the gallery located on the ground floor through the photographic exhibition “The Mexican’s Mexico.” This former house, now owned by Banamex, is one of the best examples of colonial architecture in the city, with a lovely façade and well-known carved wooden door. It was built by one of the richest men in the villa of San Miguel el Grande, El Conde de la Canal.
Why not combine a tour of historic homes with some shopping in another historic landmark? Casa de los Perros, a house that belonged to the conspirator Juan de Umarán, currently houses a popular store called Casa Maxwell.
Restaurant Posada Carmina combines history, architecture and food. This house belonged to a friend and follower of Allende, Don Luis Malo.
For a House and Garden Tour combination look for more information on page 39.