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



Espadaña Press

This website is updated frequently. It features short articles on Colonial buildings illustrated with photographs of important features.

Colonial Art Website of Dr. Manuel Aguilar, California State University, Los Angeles.

This website accompanies a course on Mexican colonial art and contains much valuable information as well as photographs of Mexican art and architecture.

Inter-American Institute for Advanced Studies in Cultural History, Dr. James Bartholomay Kiracofe

This site provides in-depth academic articles analyzing the architecture of the Spanish colonies in the Americas. There is an excellent article on Mudejar Architecture of Spain as well as articles on various topics concerning architecture of Mexico and South America, with a special emphasis on the indigenous influences on European models. The site provides photographic images to accompany the texts.


Aguilar Moreno, Manuel. Utopía de Piedra: El Arte Tequítqui de México. Guadalajara: Editorial Conexión Gráfica, 2005.

Bailey, Gauvin Alexander, Art of Colonial Latin America, London: Phaidon Press Limited, 2005.

Baird, Joseph Armstrong. The Churches of Mexico: 1530-1810. Berkeley: U. Of California P., 1962.

Bretos, Miguel A. Iglesias de Yucatán. Mérida, México: Producción Editorial Dante, 1992.

Centro Histórico de la Ciudad de México. Spec. issue of Artes de Mexico. Primera Edición 1988. Número 1 (2001): 1-96.

Donahue-Wallace, Kelly.  Art and Architecture of Viceregal Latin America, 1521-1821.  Albuquerque: U. Of New Mexico P., 2008.

Early, James. The Colonial Architecture of Mexico. Albuquerque, U. of New Mexico P., 1994.

Edgerton, Samuel Y. Theaters of Conversion: Religious Architecture and Indian Artisans in Colonial Mexico. Albuquerque: U. Of New Mexico P., 2001.

Gruzinski, Serge.  El Aguila y la Sibila: Frescos indios de México.  Paris: M. Moleiro Editor, S.A., 1994.

Instituto de Cultura de Morelos. Conventos coloniales de Morelos. Mexico: Miguel Angel Porrúa, 1994.

Katzew, Ilona.  Contested Visions in the Spanish Colonial World.  Singapore: CS Graphics, 2011.

Kilham, Walter H. Mexican Architecture of the Vice-Regal Period. 1927. NY: AMS P., 1971.

Kubler, George. Mexican Architecture of the Sixteenth Century. 1948. 2 vols. Westport, CT: Greenwood P., 1972.

Lara, Jaime.  Christian Texts for Aztecs: Art and Liturgy in Colonial Mexico.  Notre Dame, Ind.: U. of Notre Dame P.  2008.

Lara, Jaime. City, Temple, Stage: Eschatological Architecture and Liturgical Theatrics in New Spain.  Notre Dame, Ind.: U. of Notre Dame P., 2004.

McAndrew, John. The Open-Air Churches of Sixteenth-Century Mexico. Cambridge, MA: Harvard U. P., 1969.

Mills, Kenneth and William B. Taylor, eds.  Colonial Spanish America: A Documentary History.  Wilmington, Delaware: Scholarly Resources Inc., 1998.

Mexico: Splendor of Thirty Centuries. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1990.

Mull, Lorraine.  Earthly Paradise: The Complete Guide to Historic Michoacan, Mexico.  Lexinton, KY: Clio Presents Press, 2012.

Mullen, Robert J. Architecture and Its Sculpture in Viceregal Mexico. Austin: U. of Texas P., 1997.

Mullen, Robert. Dominican Architecture in Sixteenth-Century Oaxaca. Phoenix: Arizona State U. and Friends of Mexican Art, 1975.

Mundy, Barbara E., The Mapping of New Spain: Indigenous Cartography and the Maps of the Relaciones Geográficas.  Chicago: U. Of Chicago P., 2000.

Perry, Richard D. Blue Lakes and Silver Cities: The Colonial Arts and Architecture of West Mexico. Santa Barbara, CA: Espadaña Press, 1997.

Perry, Richard D.  Exploring Colonial Oaxaca: The Art and Architecture.  Santa Barbara, CA: Espadaña Press, 2006.

Perry, Richard. Mexico's Fortress Monasteries. Santa Barbara, CA: Espadaña press, 1992.

Perry, Richard and Perry, Rosalind. Maya Missions. Santa Barbara, CA: Espadaña Press, 2002.

Peterson, Jeannette Favrot.  The Paradise Garden Murals of Malinalco.  Austin: U. Of Texas P., 1993.

Pierce, Donna and Rogelio Ruiz Gomar and Clara Bargellini.  Painting a New World: Mexican Art and Life 1521-1821.  Denver: Denver Art Museum, 2004.

Sanford, Trent Elwood. The Story of Architecture in Mexico. New York: Norton & Co., 1947.

Stratton-Pruitt, Suzanne L.  Journeys to New Worlds: Spanish and Portuguese Colonial Art in the Roberta and Richard Huber Collection. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2013.

Richel, Joseph J. And Suzanne Stratton-Pruitt, eds. The Arts in Latin America 1492-1820. New Haven: Yale U. P., 2006.

Toussaint, Manuel. Colonial Art in Mexico. Trans. Elizabeth Wilder Weismann. Austin: U.of Texas P., 1967.

Wake, Eleanor.  Framing the Sacred: The Indian Churches of Early Colonial Mexico.  Norman: U. Of Oklahoma P., 2010.


Arte y Expiritualidad Jesuitas II. Spec. issue of Artes de Mexico. Número 76 (2005): 1-120.

Arte Mudéjar, Exploraciones. Spec. issue of Artes de Mexico. Número 54 (2001): 1-100.

Zacatecas. Spec. issue of Artes de Mexico. Primera Edición 1996. Número 34 (2005): 1-88.