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

Historical Use

Many of the colonial buildings no longer serve their original function in present day Mexico. Houses serve as banks or government buildings, monasteries as museums, restaurants or hotels. Below the buildings are listed according to their original, historical purpose.

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.