Casa del Alfeñique--page 1 (of two pages)

Antonio de Santa Maria Inchaurregui
1791





This colonial house gets it name from the over-the-top stucco ornamentation reminiscent of the sugar and egg-white concoction called alfeñique (a type of merigue candy). This was the home of Juan Ignacio Morales, a wealthy ironworker, who ordered the house built in this style for his fiance (who was apparently very fond of meringue). The three-story structure has elaborate stuocco ornamentation surrounding the third-story windows with canopies above some of these windows with dripping stalactites. The Casa del Alfeñique now houses the Regional Museum of Puebla.
 

The corner

 

Facing in talavera patterned tiles

Here are two different patterns where two sections of the structure are joined.
 

Third-story balcony windows

 

The cornice

 

Stucco motifs--primarily foliage and curvilinear forms

 



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Work Consulted:

Guía. Arquitectura representativa de la ciudad de Puebla. Puebla: Centro para la Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural Tangible e Intangible A. C., L'Anxaneta Ediciones, 2008.


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