Cantera stone is quarried from the different regions in Mexico. Cantera is a porous and lightweight volcanic stone that is easy to work with. The Schultz family is credited for accenting Quinta Mazatlán with cantera stone. After traveling to Mexico several times and admiring the cantera stone work of Don Luis De La Garza, the Schultz family hired him to do some stone work for them. Don Luis was the mason that created the front patio balustrade and most of the cantera stone work at Quinta Mazatlán. Truckloads of rough cut cantera stone blocks would be brought in from Mexico and dumped in the front yard. The mason and his apprentice would chisel each individual baluster. More than 60 balusters make the balustrade. Other cantera stone work was added throughout the home such as a water fountain, trimming around doors, terrace columns and fireplaces. The durable cantera stone balustrade has withstood the test of time. The balustrade has weathered beautifully and stands as a marvelous tribute to the grandeur of Quinta Mazatlán.
Upon purchasing Quinta Mazatlán, the city of McAllen made some cantera stone additions and modifications to the balustrade area. The modern craftsmanship discreetly blends in with the historic mason work.
Come visit Quinta Mazatlan and witness how this Spanish Colonial Revival home fits into our environment. With plenty of alfresco gathering spaces Quinta Mazatlan expresses a sense of relaxation and fosters a connection to nature and the surrounding environment.
Just like the cantera stone, Quinta Mazatlán is a solid historic fixture and has inconspicuously blended in with the modern city to create an urban sanctuary. Come out to Quinta Mazatlán and capture a picture of the “balustrade”. Post it on any of our Social Media and tag Quinta Mazatlán. Most creative photos will be highlighted by Quinta Mazatlán next week. Get to sleuthing….
Want to hear tales about the families that built and lived at Quinta Mazatlán for a total of 60 years before the City of McAllen purchased the estate and opened it in 2006 as a mansion with a mission? Call to schedule a private one-of-a-kind History Tour and discover how this massive structure was built from adobe and the secrets to its longevity.
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