La Biblioteca’s 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:
This home is a feast for the eyes and a lift to the spirit. The art-filled, contemporary Mexican house of Terry Kutt Reinhart and Jack Reinhart has been photographed for books such as MexiColor, In a Mexican Garden and Mexican Style Exteriors. A commanding 85-foot bóveda (vaulted ceiling) greets visitors upon entering. Mexico’s vibrant colors set off beautiful objects from the owner’s collection of contemporary American craft, modern paintings and an ever-expanding collection of Mexican folk art. The two-part garden is one of the largest private ones in Centro. A wide selection of Mexico’s herbaceous plants and the 30-foot aquatic garden dominate the first section. A glass-and-adobe garden pavilion (designed especially for three large, impressive paintings) anchors the second section of the garden. Here you’ll see a prime collection of unique palms, succulents and cactus. You can’t miss the most unusual potting shed made of flying concrete!
Casa Chula Vista
First time on the tour. Pablo and Janet Polding have lived and worked in Latin America since 1973, built their first Latin America home in Guatemala, and for the past 16 years have resided and worked from San Miguel de Allende. In their furniture work travels they have visited hundreds of Mexico towns. In each they try to find some artifact or idea that can be used or saved. “Casa Chula Vista” has a multitude of examples, with hand-hammered Michoacán copper, hand-painted ceramic murals, original hand-laid roof tiles rescued from a demolished hacienda in San Luis Potosi, hand-carved doors and cantera frames from Guanajuato and Jalisco, and examples of 4 bóveda styles. All exterior and interior wall paint was created, colored, hand-mixed and applied by Janet using an ancient Aztec/Mayan organic paint recipe. You will see Janet’s art, and Pablo and Janet’s touch in every detail of this “faithful-to-Mexico” residence. Welcome to a tranquil oasis of peace in a turbulent world.
Casa del Ángel
First time on the tour. True to its name, Casa del Angel sits on one of the most spectacular hills overlooking San Miguel in La Palmita neighborhood where you will feel like an Angel coming up and enjoying the view between clouds. The Spanish colonial, yet modern styling of the house is beautifully incorporated with locally made furniture and artwork accentuated by heavy doors and skylights. The whole house is equipped with Mexican decoration, spectacular ironwork, colorfull walls, bóvedas ceilings, woodwork, paintings and extreme light throughout. The third floor is the perfect place to enjoy an incredible sunset or sunrise, do not miss it!
Chris and Barbara Webber