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A light-hearted look at bóvedas (vaulted ceilings)

By Emma Salazar

Dazzling vaulted ceilings
Sun, Mar 3, noon.
La Biblioteca’s patio
Insurgentes 25
Tickets 200 pesos or US$18

On March 3, The Biblioteca House and Garden tour is pleased to present three spectacular homes, and an in-progress bóveda  by well-known Jimenez  master bovederos (with supervision of architects and/or homeowners).

Bóveda in spanish means vaulted ceiling. The houses on this tour will showcase beautiful homes, incredible bóveda ceilings, and a lot of art. As a special feature, in addition to seeing three lovely homes, the tour will stop at a house that is currently under construction where a bóveda ceiling is being installed. You will get a first-hand view of the construction and techniques used to make these amazing roofs. The bóveda ceilings seem to defy gravity and often many people after seeing a ceiling will ask “How do they do that?” We hope we can help answer this question for you!


Casa 1

The first residence is nestled in the beautiful gated community of Los Labradores. The modern Mexican-style home blends gracefully with its natural surroundings in the middle of a field. Access to the house immediately introduces visitors to a fine boveda ceiling ten meters in diameter and eight meters high. There is stained glass and brightly colored decoration and a feeling of spaciousness and freedom throughout.

Casa 2

The second majestic residence, owned by the extraordinarily creative artists Joe and Pat Miller, is a stunning multi-textured place, spacious with comfortable seating areas, colorful artwork, furnishings and objects d’art, several bóveda (vaulted) ceilings with impressive stained glass and an extraordinary use of metal.

Casa 3

The third home features creative use of recycled and found materials as well as local products as can be seen in all the architectural details and unusual floor plan.

Colorful art and furnishings reflect the places where the owners have lived. Collected from business and personal travel, the furnishings have been shown on historic house tours in Baltimore and Phoenix. Thus the tradition continues in San Miguel. This home is truly like living in a work of art!

Tickets, 200 pesos or US$18, may be purchased at the Biblioteca Monday to Friday, 10am-6pm, Saturday, 10am-2pm and Sunday10am-11:30am. More information at

Facebook: La-Biblioteca-House-and-Garden-Tour or Emma Salazar:

122-3167, 154-600 email:

This tour will last about two and half hours for advance tickets, three hours for last minute tickets.


Patsy Dubois
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