By G. Richard Garrison
From 1925 to 1929, younger architectural draftsmen got down to list a pick out variety of examples of the “minor family structure” of Mexico as a result of an absence of measured drawings of rural ranch homes and Monterey-inspired dwellings. the result's an excellent number of homes from the times of Mexicos viceroys, elaborately offered during this handsomely illustrated booklet. each aficionado of structure or domestic layout will locate the patios, window designs, and flooring plans a pride to examine. Over two-hundred illustrations, together with forty-two pages of measured drawings and ground plans, make this a entire reference consultant in addition to a sublime espresso desk booklet.
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Extra resources for Early Mexican Houses: A Book of Photographs and Measured Drawings
Although, in a large sense, the old houses of Mexico are similar to those of Spain, natural forces were sufficient to distinguish them from those of the Mother Country. In the buildings of lesser importance, the effect of these influences becomes more noticeable, while the distinguishing features of the borrowed style become less apparent. A necessary adjustment to the wide range of climatic conditions and to the social customs of the new country, the use of local material for building and the employment of native craftsmen, the concessions resulting from a fusion of the Spanish with the Indian Races and their knowledge of Oriental art (gained by an active trade with China which they conducted through the Pacific Port of Acapulco); all these were natural forces which left their stamp even more definitely upon the country's minor and domestic buildings than upon those for the design of which Spanish architects were more directly responsible.
The balconies are of sufficient width for comfort and their railings are of the proper height to support a person's elbows while leaning. The most dominant and ornamented feature of the facade is the entrance doorway, which, with the entry-way, is called the zaguan and serves as both carriage and pedestrian entrance. A secondary feature is the porton, a grilled gate sometimes of iron, but more often of wood, which separates the patio from the entry-way. It somewhat screens the patio and gives a measure of protection while the great doors of the zaguan stand open during the day—at the same time passers-by are afforded a brief but often fascinating glimpse of a sunlit patio beyond.
Introduction to Guanajuato 147 Facade of a hillside house 148 View along the Calle de los Positas 149 House on the South Hill. General view 150 Plan, elevation and scale details 151 House on the North Hill. General view 152 Plan, elevation and scale details 153 House of the Conde Rul at Valenciana. View of the facade 154 Plan, elevation and scale details 155 Scale details of window 156 Window with wrought iron grille 157 Entrance doorway looking into the patio 158 Small window with wrought iron grille 158 GUADALAJARA, STATE OF GUADALAJARA.