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Cultural Center Quinta Gameros

Chihuahua

This building was designed by architect, Julio Corredor, commissioned by engineer, Don Manuel Gameros, who considered this place his residence, from the very beginning. Ostentatious and boasting more than 50 rooms, it was almost complete by the start of the Revolution. Just as the engineer was about to enjoy all the luxuries of his new home, he was surprised by a visit from revolutionary troops led by Pancho Villa, who simply seized the property, without so much as a word.

One of the motivations of the Centauro del Norte (Pancho Villa) for taking measures such as these was that in the eyes of the revolutionaries, the Quinta represented everything they were fighting against; the Porfirian dictatorship. This is how this Art Noveau-style dream home in Chihuahua became the residence of Commander-in-chief of the Constitutional Army, Venustiano Carranza, as well as a prison, and even General Villa’s headquarters.

Once the Revolution was over, the beautiful mansion was ready to be inhabited by its owners, the Gameros family. However, they only lived there for five years, subsequently selling it on to the State Goverment.

Huge, colorful stained-glass windows, beautifully-decorated cornices, vast halls decorated in pale colors and furnished with fine wooden armchairs imported from France; as well as dining halls able to accommodate countless guests, are just a few of the gems which inexplicably stood the test of time and survived the wartime attacks. At the time, everything seemed to be shattered, all except for the beauty of a place which can still be visited today.

Paying a visit to the Centro Cultural Universitario Quinta Gameros is like stepping through the gateway to another era and traveling across the pages of history books; you can literally smell the memories and hear the walls whispering to you, as you imagine dances which perhaps never took place, going only as far as music simply be played on a phonograph.

During your visit, you will come across another important Art Noveau collection; furniture taken from Casa Requena, a venue located in Mexico city (Mexico City) with the same style and taste as Quinta Gameros. It was decided - after being considered impossible to keep the residence in the country's capital in good condition - to loan such furniture gratuitously to the residence in Chihuhua, a loan which has, in other words, remained in force until today.
This building was designed by architect, Julio Corredor, commissioned by engineer, Don Manuel Gameros, who considered this place his residence, from the very beginning. Ostentatious and boasting more than 50 rooms, it was almost complete by the start of the Revolution. Just as the engineer was about to enjoy all the luxuries of his new home, he was surprised by a visit from revolutionary troops led by Pancho Villa, who simply seized the property, without so much as a word.

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One of the motivations of the Centauro del Norte (Pancho Villa) for taking measures such as these was that in the eyes of the revolutionaries, the Quinta represented everything they were fighting against; the Porfirian dictatorship. This is how this Art Noveau-style dream home in Chihuahua became the residence of Commander-in-chief of the Constitutional Army, Venustiano Carranza, as well as a prison, and even General Villa’s headquarters.

Once the Revolution was over, the beautiful mansion was ready to be inhabited by its owners, the Gameros family. However, they only lived there for five years, subsequently selling it on to the State Goverment.

Huge, colorful stained-glass windows, beautifully-decorated cornices, vast halls decorated in pale colors and furnished with fine wooden armchairs imported from France; as well as dining halls able to accommodate countless guests, are just a few of the gems which inexplicably stood the test of time and survived the wartime attacks. At the time, everything seemed to be shattered, all except for the beauty of a place which can still be visited today.

Paying a visit to the Centro Cultural Universitario Quinta Gameros is like stepping through the gateway to another era and traveling across the pages of history books; you can literally smell the memories and hear the walls whispering to you, as you imagine dances which perhaps never took place, going only as far as music simply be played on a phonograph.

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