Casa Rincón Gallardo, Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, 17th Century
The present capitol building for the state of Aguascalientes was originally founded as the mansion for a priest in 1665. On his death, the Rincon Gallardo family took over the mansion carving their coats-of-arms over the balconies of the side facing the main square. The exterior of the building is a dark red tezontle (basalt) with window and door frames elaborately carved in a light cantera rosa (limestone). The interior has two arcaded patios with an elegant central staircase. Muralist Osvaldo Barra decorated many of the interior walls with a series of frescos from 1961-1990.