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Formal Victorian living room Vestibule Dining room
Formal Victorian living room Vestibule Dining room
Kitchen Master suite Master bath
Kitchen Master suite Master bath
Guest bedroom Guest bath Terrace
Guest bedroom Guest bath Terrace
View of terrace from garden    
View of terrace from garden    
 
 
 
 

Private home on Calle 68, Colonia Centro, Mérida

 
Abandoned for more than 10 years, this grand home was falling into ruin, with trees growing from the roof and roots breaking apart stone and stucco. Thick jungle threatened to reclaim the courtyard, and water leaching up from the ground had done considerable damage to walls throughout. Further, the home had been subdivided into two homes a half century ago.
 
Thankfully, enough of the original elements – the French mosaico de pasta flooring and dramatic cedar door frames – were intact that we were able to extrapolate what the house must have originally looked like. Built in 1849, the home was what might be called “tropical Victorian”. Many photos of the era illustrate interiors full of heavy furnishings and velvet draperies. While we stopped just short of the draperies, we did use quite a few Victorian touches, including authentic decorative stencils hand-painted on walls, as well as antique furniture from the period. The location of the pool – with its “floating” column – was a creative solution to a particular challenge: the column structurally needed to be where it was, and the pool needed to be the size it was, while leaving garden space and sufficient walkway to create a terrace and allow easy foot traffic. It was a solution that just “had to be.”
 
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