Tudor Architecture: 3 Houses In The City That Look Like A Christmas Carol

In our city there are several examples of ‘Tudor Revival’ architecture to the delight of those who are enchanted by English.

Almost all the imaginary that defines Christmas comes from northern Europe: winter with snow, pine trees, deer, elves and Santa Claus himself ... Many of our Christmas traditions are neither Mexican nor from the Middle East (where supposedly he was born Jesus) –– but from the cold lands of Germany, England, France, the Netherlands, and Scandinavia. Even the idea of ​​the North European winter landscape with the log cabin in the middle of the forest or the snow-covered Tudor residence has become a huge fantasy, no matter if you live in the desert or in a polluted big city.

In Mexico City there are several examples of beautiful Tudor-style houses that fit perfectly within the Christmas postcard.

The Tudor style

The Tudor architectural style developed in England in the 15th and 16th centuries, in what is known as the Tudor era, which encompasses the reigns of Henry VII, Henry VIII, and Queen Elizabeth I, among others. This style originated in the transition between medieval Gothic and Renaissance, and is associated with a period of economic prosperity in England. The main feature of this style is the “black and white” construction; dark timber-framed houses with whitewashed stucco or masonry wall segments between the rafters. Another feature is the sloped gable roof, where two steep roof segments meet with a triangular wall segment between them.

The Tudor Renaissance

The examples of Tudor architecture that exist outside of the United Kingdom do not belong to the original Tudor style but to a later architectural current called the Tudor Revival or False Tudor (mock Tudor), which had a boom in the United States in the 1890s. The architects Americans built houses inspired by the Tudor style, but with modern features. This style gained popularity especially in the wealthier suburbs of the cities in the 1920s.

The Tudor style in Mexico

The elites (generally business), infatuated with England and the United States, imported the Tudor Revival to Mexico. These residences quickly became "symbols of modernization", part of a package that included traveling to England, sending their children to study at European and American universities and adopting forms of dress and other customs considered "civilized".

A tour of Tudor architecture in Mexico

1. House of the South Korean embassy

House of the South Korean embassy
House of the South Korean embassy

Lopez Diaz de Armendariz 110, Col. Lomas de Virreyes

This residence in Lomas Virreyes is eclectic in style, mainly combining elements of Gothic and Tudor Revival architecture. The Korean embassy does not provide further information in this regard.

2. The Labyrinth House Ajusco

The Labyrinth House Ajusco
The Labyrinth House Ajusco

Km. 14.5 Picacho-Ajusco Highway, Santo Tomas Ajusco

This residence is a good example of Tudor architecture. It also has an impressive labyrinth in the front garden, a replica of the labyrinth of Hever Castle, in the county of Kent, home of Anne Boleyn, Queen of England from 1533 to 1536 and second wife of Henry VIII. The residence and labyrinth are owned by art historian Ignacio Figueroa, who began building his English dream in 1999.

3. Sir Winston Churchill Restaurant

Sir Winston Churchill Restaurant
Sir Winston Churchill Restaurant

Perif. Blvd. Manuel Ávila Camacho 67, Polanco, Lomas de Chapultepec III Secc, 11560

This mansion is the best example of surviving Tudor Revival architecture in the city. The businessman Cayetano Blanco Vigil and his wife Elena Sánchez de Blanco had this mansion built in Polanco in 1935 after falling in love with Tudor architecture on a trip to England. Since 1972 the Winston Churchill restaurant has been converted, which to this day specializes in English food.


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