The History of Our Colonial Home in Merida...

Welcome to our home.  Casa del Panadero is a centuries-old home and former bakery.  Its name means “House of a Baker.”  The structural walls consist of stone and concrete typical of the colonial building era known as “mamposteria.”  These 18-inch walls provide natural insulation and coolness.  The colonial people of the 1800s knew about building to provide inherent and natural air flow via the 18 foot ceilings and tall colonial doors with upper openings, air access from an interior patio and, in Casa del Panadero’s case, its north to south facing.  The floorwork consists of some of the original “pasta tiles” unique to the colonials of Centro.  Casa del Panadero’s interior and exterior painting is of a natural process of matching colors and known as “cal” paint which allows the walls to breath through their natural moisture.  This also aids in the natural cooling of the house as it did 200 years ago.

 

Casa del Panadero was one of the first restorations in Merida and was designed by one of the Yucatan’s (and Mexico’s) most famous architects Salvador Reyes-Rios in 2001.  There are numerous original paint stamps throughout the house and the lighting, airflow, and ambiance of the house all reflect the work of this gifted architect.


Our family purchased Casa del Panadero in 2009 and we completely updated the air conditioners, appliances, and furnished the house with new and local artwork, ironwork, and furniture. Boasting 1800 square feet, the two-bedroom, two-bathroom home has a fully furnished kitchen for light meals, a dining room, two sitting areas, and a furnished central patio.  A high, mamposteria rock wall surrounds the beautiful garden with its Mayan style plunge pool.  Sitting in the garden in the evening and listening to the numerous church bells ring will truly give you the original feel of the colonial Mexico and its tranquility.

 

Without a doubt Casa del Panadero’s location on a quiet,
non-bus route street and its truly central location in Centro
is one of its best assets.  We enjoy Casa del Panadero for a
break from our busy lives as we are both veterinarians in New
Mexico.  We have fallen in love with the house and Merida and
all its culture and people.  We hope you will enjoy
Casa del Panadero’s true Mexican feel and the beauty of Merida
as much as we do. 

 

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