La Biblioteca House & Garden Tour, January 27th
The famous La Biblioteca House & Garden Tour of homes in San Miguel de Allende has been featured in leading international media and funds educational projects for local children. It is conducted by volunteers of La Biblioteca and the homes are generously donated for the use of the library as a civic contribution. No visit to San Miguel de Allende is complete without a Sunday tour to see inside San Miguel’s best homes. Tour departs noon, every Sunday, Insurgentes 25. This week we visit the following houses:
Gary and Joy Schultz open their great house to visitors. Built one hundred percent with a solar system designed by the distinguished architect Werner Stubbs and has hot springs on the property as well. This home is the perfect example of living in luxury off the grid. The bright and cheery house, with large windows throughout, is built of adobe and stone, and is surrounded by native vegetation. On the right side of the front door are old mesquite trees which the owners and their dogs love. The house contains six beautiful fireplaces, two Jacuzzi terraces, an inside fountain, beautiful metal work and many comfortable and relaxing areas.
Homeowners Pam and Don Knoles hail from Washington, D.C., where Don was a freelance journalist and Pam a congressional aide. They purchased their lovely home (the site of a former tannery) in 1992 and have renovated it in the Mexican style. The entry has a cactus garden with field rocks collected by Pam and Don on their travels. The hallway to the bedrooms has a collection of more than 100 masks from Mexico and other countries. Over the dining and living rooms are bovedas (vaulted ceilings) built in the traditional way without scaffolding. The home also has eight impressive conchas, handmade from wet concrete in the shape of a scallop shell over niches and elsewhere. (The scallop shell is the emblem of San Diego, St. James, the patron saint of Spain.)
Billy & Diane Largman