with Isabel Fuente and Jim Lloyd

26 August 2005



                                      Home of Alfonso & Alicia Hernandez  Home designed by Patricia Gutierrez     Home designed by Pepe Medrano


Isabel Fuente and Jim Lloyd invite you to join them on August 26th for an elegant Home and Gallery Tour in Guadalajara.  Take this opportunity to look into three private historic homes never open to the public.  The tour will be an overview of 20th century home architecture in the city, featuring one built in 1904, another built ca.1930 and a mid century home recently remodeled.  Also, we will visit the offices of the International Interior Designer’s Association, an antique gallery and a ceramic studio.  Comida will be at one of Guadalajara’s most exclusive Italian restaurants, Restaurante Da Massimo,


The first home on the Home and Gallery Tour is Casa Medrano Urrea, owned by Pepe and Chela Medrano.  This home, built in the 1950s, was recently remodeled by the owner, Pepe Medrano, a well known and respected interior designer, and architect Antonio Varela.  This elegant home is an excellent example of contemporary Mexican design.


Then on to the offices of the International Interior Designer’s Association (IIDA), where we see the paintings of Marlinde von Ruhs in their art gallery. 



                                                                                                                                Paintings by Marlinde von Ruhs

The next home, Casa Gutierrez Castellanos, built in 1904 by the great-grandfather (once the governor of Jalisco) of the present owners Patricia and Ana Rosa Gutierrez.  The house is filled with original furniture, draperies and decorative items.  Patricia is a well known interior designer in Guadalajara.


It is now time for comida at Restaurante Da Massimo, considered by many to be one of the finest Italian restaurants in Guadalajara.  Choose from the following:

            First course:

Option One: Salad of the day; or Option Two: Sherry Mushroom Soup

Second course: 

Option One: Spaghetti Pomodoro (fresh tomato, basil and parmesan cheese);

Option Two: Gnocchi Pomodoro (fresh tomato, basil and parmesan cheese);

Option Three: Petto di Pollo Valdostana (Chicken breast with cheese, ham and sage) served with broiled vegetables or new potatoes.

            Third course: Choice of Ice Cream and American or Expresso Coffee 


Then onto Galerias Arther, a fabulous antique gallery owned by Alfonso Hernandez, the owner of Casa Hernandez Morales which is the last home we see on our tour.  The gallery is filled with Mexican antiques as well as antiques from around the world.


From there we go to the studio of Galeria Jesús Guerrero Santos.  Jesús Guerrero Santos and his son Adrian make their mirrors, pots and vases in a variety of media, but are most famous for their glazed ceramics which feature a motif of sun, moon and stars.  They have two studios, one in the city and the other in Tlaquepaque which was featured in the April 2005 issue of Architectural Digest.


Our last visit will be to Casa Hernandez Morales, one of the most beautiful homes on Avenue Vallarta built around 1930.  It is now owned by Alfonso and Alicia Hernandez.  The home is filled with priceless antiques, many from their antique gallery in Guadalajara.


This Home and Gallery Tour to Guadalajara is a unique experience to visit and see the grandeur of architecture, furniture, decorative objects and paintings from Mexico and around the world.


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TIME: Depart from Lloyd’s at 9:00 AM and return around 7:00 PM

PRICE: $700 pesos per person

INCLUDED IN TOUR: Transportation, visit of three private homes, galleries and studios, and three course comida, tip included.  Alcoholic beverages not included.

COMIDA OPTIONS: Please specify which Options you wish for the First and Second courses.

RESERVATIONS and FULL PAYMENT BY August 21st.  Space limited.


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