Chapter titles of “If Walls Could Talk: Chapala’s Historic Buildings and Their Former Occupants”

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Jan 162022
 

The 42 chapters of If Walls Could Talk: Chapala’s Historic Buildings and Their Former Occupants are arranged in three parts:

PART A: The town center

  1. Parish church of San Francisco
  2. Stagecoaches and 1907 traffic congestion
  3. Gran Hotel Chapala (Posada Dona Trini)
  4. Villa Ana Victoria
  5. The Widow’s Bar
  6. Casa Barragán (the Witter Bynner house)
  7. Plazas, old and new
  8. Cerro San Miguel
  9. Old Municipal Building
  10. Municipal Building (Hotel Palmera, Hotel Nido)
  11. Hotel Arzapalo
  12. Beer Garden
  13. Casa Capetillo
  14. Casa Galván (Villa Aurora)
  15. Mi Pullman
  16. Villa Ave María
  17. Chalet Paulsen (Villa Paz)
  18. Las Delicias therapeutic baths

PART B: West along Avenida Hidalgo

  1. Villa Ferrara
  2. Mineral water bottling plant
  3. Villa Tlalocan
  4. Villa Adriana
  5. Casa Albión (Villa Josefina)
  6. Villa Niza
  7. Jardín del Mago
  8. Villa Reynera
  9. La Capilla de Lourdes
  10. Hotel Villa Montecarlo
  11. Villa Bela (Villa Bell)
  12. La Casita Blanca
  13. Villa Virginia
  14. Villa Macedonia and the Schmoll residence
  15. Villa Tatra
  16. El Manglar

PART C: East of the pier

  1. Waterfront and original yacht club
  2. Casa Braniff
  3. Villa Robles León
  4. Villa Carmen
  5. Casa de las Cuentas (the D. H. Lawrence house)
  6. Villa Ochoa
  7. Chapala Yacht Club
  8. Chapala Railroad Station

The book also includes detailed original maps, reference notes, a bibliography and index.

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If Walls Could Talk: Chapala’s Historic Buildings and Their Former Occupants

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Sep 032020
 

We are delighted to announce the publication of

If Walls Could Talk: Chapala’s historic buildings and their former occupants

Lake Chapala played an important role in the history of tourism in North America and has grown into one of the world’s premier retirement destinations. Yet, the details of how and why this transformation occurred have never been adequately reconstructed.

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At Lake Chapala, this book is now available at Villas QQ in Chapala, and at Diane Pearl, Mi México and Hotel La Nueva Posada in Ajijic.

The book is based on more than two decades of research by author Tony Burton. Join the author as he explores the history of the town’s formative years and shares the remarkable and revealing stories of its many historic buildings and their former residents.

The cover shows central Chapala at the start of the twentieth century. The turreted tower on the left is part of the Villa Ana Victoria. The illustration is a photograph by Winfield Scott that was colorized and published in about 1905 by Jakob Granat, a Mexico City-based postcard publisher.

In 1890, Chapala was a small fishing village. Within decades it became an important international tourist destination. This book explains how and why this transformation took place, and looks at the architects, entrepreneurs, adventurers and visionaries responsible.

Organized as a walking tour of Chapala, each of the 42 chapters of If Walls Could Talk focuses on a different building and explores the fascinating stories of its former occupants—locals and foreigners. The valuable legacy left by these extraordinary individuals is still clearly visible today in the streets, villas, hotels and grand mansions of this idyllic lakeside locale.

Join the author and discover the history, hidden in plain sight, of Chapala—Mexico‘s earliest international tourist destination.

After reading an advance copy, historian Dr. R. B. Brown (Centro INAH Chihuahua) commented that,

“Ever since the 1890s, the rich and famous—from Porfirio Diaz to D. H. Lawrence—have gone to Chapala to get away from it all and raise a family, rest or write. Burton recognizes the importance of specific hoteliers and restaurateurs and the contributions of Mexican architects Luis Barragán and Guillermo de Alba. He uses architecture to introduce us to the local social history and gives us a tour that allows us to appreciate not only the Chapala of today but also the grandeur of the Chapala that was.”

The book includes more than 40 vintage photographs and four original maps showing how Chapala’s street plan has changed over the years. The text is supported by a bibliography, index and detailed reference notes.

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