La Biblioteca House and Garden Tour
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:
Treat for Lover’s Special Tour
Tue, Feb 14
Lovely homes & a lovely day!
This year La Biblioteca House and Garden Tour will host a special treat for you for Valentines.
We’ll take you inside the magnificent estate of a Ranch established in the mid-17th century, featured in several publications. We will also visit the unique and eclectic residence of world-renowned artist Toller Cranston. Buy your tickets now!!!
Insurgentes 25, Centro
Jean Dorr owner, this happy unusual home was all tepatate and rocks when she bought it in 2004. She first added a casita where she lived for 4 years, then she added a palapa, pérgola, driveway, and a fountain. In the garden the colorful tile work, objects, murals, plants and more create a wonderful feeling of adventure. The owner insists the garden is not ready and that she is still working on it. Jean started building the house in back of the casita in 2008 and it was finished in June 2009, all on one floor, with lots of outdoor space, which she loves. The studio is in the main sala. You can count 4 chickens, 5 street dogs, and 3 cats. Everyone needs a home. The fresh air, the spectacular views, wonderful neighbors and her garden, make Jean so blessed to be living in this home.
This beautiful little home belongs to Mrs. Holly Howard who is also the designer. The very private sunny front courtyard is quite dramatic when first seen with its three-story bell tower and large central fountain. There are two bedrooms off this first floor courtyard. Both are professionally decorated with period antiques and lovely Spanish accessories. The master room has a white four-poster comfy canopy bed with a bathtub and shower. There are three story light wells above the fireplace in this room that give a magical light throughout the day. The guest room is divinely comfortable. There is a “bohemian flare” to this second beautifully decorated bedroom. It has fun Mexican accessories and lovely period antique pieces as well. The second floor living room/kitchen is all open space with “bóveda” ceilings, large fireplace, and brick floors. At night there are spotlights in the niches that set off an array of fascinating santos that are so much a part of the San Miguel culture. A Jacuzzi or “spool” overlooks the incredible view from atop and is a perfect place for sunning.
Casa Estrella de la Mañana
In the historical center and hidden behind the walls of Calle Quebrada, Casa Estrella de la Mañana is historical restoration of a 17th Century ruin and is the intimate San Miguel home of Southern artist Rhea Gary and her husband Leon. Lovingly reconstructed upon the foundations of an earlier era and sharing the ancient 15th century wall of La Conception church, Casa Estrella features time-faithful cantera stonework fireplaces, arches and columns, bóveda ceilings and colorful tile work. Especially interesting is the carefully picked and mixed-tile kitchen and the home’s tiled baths, all featured in the book Mexican Tile. Numerous other aspects of the Casa Estrella are found in the companion books Mexican Interiors and Mexican Exteriors including the intimate living room featuring Rhea’s art and the Gary’s collection of Mexican paintings, folk art and pottery assembled over many years. Flower filled patios, vine covered walls and warm colors effect a truly romantic return to past times.
Gary & Joy Schultz
Pam & Don Knoles