Four centuries of architecture explained
By Betse Davies
This March you will have two opportunities to take the popular Architecture Walking Tour, March 20 and 27. Jay Moskowitz and Doug Lord will be the tour guides. They are both experts on San Miguel’s many styles of architecture, which span almost 500 years. In 1926 strict rules were enacted to protect the buildings in the downtown area. Only one building around the Jardín is new and that one was built to conform to the standards right down to the “cortinas,” the stone curtains which decorate area the area below the window sill. Some of the other buildings are pure classic while others are baroque and then there are the ones which are transition structures with features of both types. On the outskirts of the El Centro area they will show you several examples of Mexican modern. Your walks henceforth will be more fun as you will be able to “read” the diverse and monumental architecture, which abounds in this historical city.Walking Tour Thu, Mar 20 and 27, 10am Meet in the Jardín across street from Parroquia 152-2380 200 pesos
The tour group will assemble in the Jardín across the street from the Parroquia and leave at 10am. Walkers are limited to 22 and the donation is 200 pesos. You will be contributing the medical and dental fund, which provides medical and dental care for the many needy children in the city and the surrounding rural area. Patronato Pro Niños guides like Doug and Jay are all volunteers for this organization. No reservations are necessary.