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The Hacienda in Mexico (Roger Fullington Series in Architecture)

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The Mexican hacienda was a work place, a residence, a place of leisure and of religion—in short, a closed and self-sufficient rural world in which landowners and workers engaged in agricultural and livestock production. Constructed and modified from the sixteenth until the beginning of the twentieth centuries, they are today some of Mexico's architectural treasures. The hacienda's layout and buildings, though derived from earlier Spanish forms, constitute a uniquely Mexican vernacular architecture that deserves ...

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Overview

The Mexican hacienda was a work place, a residence, a place of leisure and of religion—in short, a closed and self-sufficient rural world in which landowners and workers engaged in agricultural and livestock production. Constructed and modified from the sixteenth until the beginning of the twentieth centuries, they are today some of Mexico's architectural treasures. The hacienda's layout and buildings, though derived from earlier Spanish forms, constitute a uniquely Mexican vernacular architecture that deserves to be widely known and celebrated.

The Hacienda in Mexico is the first detailed architectural study of these rural communities. In this beautifully illustrated book, Daniel Nierman and Ernesto Vallejo present color and black-and-white photographs, site plans, building plans, and elevations to document all aspects of the hacienda—the compound, big house, chapel, spaces for production, materials and construction methods, and architectural details. In the accompanying text, they discuss each of these elements, as well as the hacienda's historical development and the ways in which its productive activities shaped its architecture.

To produce this work, the authors traveled extensively in the states of Hidalgo, Tlaxcala, and San Luis Potosí, photographing and drawing haciendas, interviewing their owners and state and federal authorities, and researching in hacienda archives. This in-depth treatment of the hacienda clearly identifies the architectural elements that make it unique, while adding a new chapter to architectural history and to the history of New Spain.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The unified complex of residential, religious, and functional structures that make up what is called the hacienda is one of the most important and yet least appreciated aspects of Mexico's great vernacular artistic tradition. Unfortunately, this attempt by Nierman (architecture, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico) and architect Vallejo to "uncover the fundamental architectural principles of haciendas" makes no significant contribution to an area lacking much scholarly assessment. What we are given, aside from some decent photographs and a few dozen excellent plans and elevations, is a shallow, ill-organized overview of this genre only as found in the Mexican states of Hidalgo, Tlaxcala, and San Luis Potosi. Focused almost exclusively on obvious qualities of functional ordering and generic formal relationships, it allows little sense of the individual hacienda as either a unique historic entity or an expression of creative individuality. The authors have created an architectural universe that exists without innovation, change, time, stylistic nuance, or, apparently, human intervention. At the same time, their thin text is marred by an airy, ahistoric, and often spurious nationalistic romanticism. Not recommended.-Robert Cahn, Fashion Inst. of Technology, New York Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292705265
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Series: Roger Fullington Series in Architecture
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 11.32 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Nierman is Professor of Architecture, Composition, and Visual Communication at the Universidad Iberoamericana, UIA, and Creative Director and founder of DNP Advertising in Mexico City.

Ernesto Heliodoro Vallejo Diaz, an architect who graduated from the Universidad Iberoamericana, UIA, has been a teacher of architecture workshops at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and the Universidad Anahuac del Sur, both in Mexico City. At present, he is practicing his profession by running his own construction company, founded in 1992.

Mardith Scheutz-Miller is an independent scholar in Tucson, Arizona, who has researched and written extensively on the archaeology, ethnohistory, history, and colonial architecture of New Spain.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Elena Poniatowska
Introduction
Chapter 1. The Hacienda through Time
Chapter 2. Two Forces
Chapter 3. The World of the Hacienda Reflected in Its Architecture
Chapter 4. The Compound
Chapter 5. The Big House
Chapter 6. The Chapel
Chapter 7. Spaces for Production
Chapter 8. Materials and Construction Methods
Chapter 9. Considering Details
Chapter 10. Conclusion
Plans
Maps: Locations of Haciendas
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
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