Charlotte Ekland, Ph.D of CSU, Chico Mexican Colonial Architecture

Colonial Architecture Periods
(1521-1821)

The colonial period of Mexico stretches from the conquest by Cortez in 1521 to the independance of Mexico from Spainsh Bourbons in 1821 amid the turmoil of the post-Napoleonic era.

Construction on many of the buildings on this site began in one century and continued on into later centuries. The century listed below for each building reflects when most of the extant structure was built.

In the literature concerning colonial churches and monasteries, structures are commonly identified simply by the name of the town where they are built.  This system works for small towns that have only one notable colonial building.  However, in larger towns or cities, where there are multiple buildings of note, the nomenclature creates confusion. I have chosen to use the formal names of buildings for the sake of consistency.  In addition, I include the town or city where the building is located.  In the lists below, the buildings are alphabetized by city/town to make it easier to follow the literature.