$450,000 Merida Historic


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Own a Landmark!

Of all the properties in Mérida, only one has been declared a landmark by the city that is on the market.

Casa Catherwood, named after legendary English explorer, architect, and illustrator Frederick Catherwood, the Belle Époque manse is located in the heart of desirable Colonia Santiago. The building, restored in 2006 to the exacting specifications of INAH, Mexico’s Institute of Archaeology and History, is an extraordinary example of Mérida’s architecture during the 1900s.

All the tropical mahogany doors and frames are original, as are the tile work. Generous proportions salons make for an airy and comfortable space. Since 2007 the building has housed “Casa Catherwood,” featuring an exhibition of Frederick Catherwood’s legendary lithographs of the Maya ruins he and American John Lloyd Stephens visited during the 1840s. That book, Incidents of Travel, caused a worldwide sensation when published: it was the first time people in the U.S., Canada, and Europe came to know that there were pyramids on both sides of the Atlantic: in Egypt and Mexico.

The building has been in magazines and promotional material, from “Hemispheres,” the United Airlines in-flight magazine to Expedia’s promotion for the city of Mérida.

An exceptional feature of the building are the two Royal Poinciana (Delonix regia) trees out front, a singular feature along Calle 59, which provide shade and privacy to the upstairs balconies that look onto the street.

Architectural drawings, providing specifications for each room and approved by INAH, are available for review. A completely modern bathroom has been built on the second floor terrace, creating an urbane and sophisticated second floor, adding to the building’s gracious living.

The second floor has been appointed with period antiques and contemporary modern pieces. The most exceptional item is the bed, which is where Frida Kahlo slept when she and her husband, Diego Rivera, were guests of Don Perfecto Villamil in García Ginerés, when the couple explored the Maya ruins of Chichén Itzá and Uxmal. The furnishings are available for sale.

This is an exceptional opportunity to own a historic landmark.

For a private showing contact Jim at jim@meridayucatanrealestate.com


Price 450,000
Bathrooms 2.5
Area Merida Centro
Property Map Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico
Pool No
Agent Kio Rodriguez
Listing Number 51199
Co-Agent Jim Mann