Thursday, June 7, 2012

Merida Museum Tour - Day 2

Merida Mexico Casa Museo Montes Molina building front
Casa Museo Montes Molina
Today we're taking  you on a stroll down the mansion lined Paseo Montejo to visit Casa Museo Montes Molina.  It was constructed between 1876 - 1911 by Don Aurello Portuondo y Barcelo, a wealthy business man from Havana, for his new bride.  They kept the home until 1915 when politics and the Mexican Revolution made it necessary for Don Aurello to return to Cuba.  He sold the home to Don Avelino Montes Linaje, whose descendants still occasionally occupy the home.  Kept in its original condition, it is furnished as it was in Don Avelino's time.

Merida Mexico Casa Museo Montes Molina entry foyer with antiques
Marble tiled entry foyer


Merida Mexico Casa Museo Montes Molina parlor with stained glass and ceiling molding details
Parlor and ceiling molding detail

Merida Mexico Casa Museo Montes Molina Murano glass chandelier and custom Tiffany glass french doors
Dining room with Murano glass chandelier.  Detail of Tiffany glass created for the room's French doors.

Merida Mexico Casa Museo Montes Molina antique bathroom and bedroom
Master bedroom and bath with claw foot shower

Detail of painting in bedroom