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Now, be honest, don’t you wish this was the entrance to your home? I know I do. I normally like very minimalist architecture, sober and elegant, but this baroque arches and façade details win me over. By the way, in case you don’t know what are we looking at, this is the entrance to the former Universidad de San Carlos Borromeo de Guatemala, USAC now, the fourth university founded in the American continent. Now, this building houses the Museo de Arte Colonial. If you want to read in Spanish the history of this building, follow the white rabbit.
After close to twenty thousands images in my photographic library about Antigua Guatemala often I still come across many things or buildings I haven’t photographed yet. The façade, entrance and the entire building of Casa Convento Conception for the matter is one such example. One more thing to add to my things to photograph in Antigua Guatemala.
What other things do you think I should add to my list?
Here are some of the answers to the questions asked on the previous posts regarding gated communities.
Occupy Antigua Guatemala? Definitely not since most land around Antigua Guatemala is among the most expensive land in Guatemala. Any occupy movement would get kicked out right away by owners, private guards and police to say the least.
How is the land secured for these developments in La Antigua? Most real estate developments take chunks away from land from fincas (coffee plantations) and in same cases large land lots within urban areas that were inherited.
Does the gate help, or hurt, the security of the residents? I believe both. The houses when vacant can become easy targets by acquaintances of the guards; well is not unheard of. On the other hand, it is so much quieter and cleaner to live inside gated communities especially if rules of cleanliness are enforced or your lucky to have decent neighbors. But, life inside a gated community is missing a big part of living in Guatemala; somehow with noise, the parties, the tiendas, the parks, et cetera, the amicable unrequested smile and the spark for lack of a better term also goes away.
It seems that all the real estate developing around Antigua Guatemala are just gated communities; these are like mushrooms, the spring up overnight. Most of these gated communities have guard at the gates. Well, guess what, I am not interested in the guards, but in the architectural style of the gates themselves. For instance the arched gate shown above is from a community that was stopped for unknown reason, but the gate remains. The gates are also the first thing built in new real estate development, many times the architectural design of the gate ends up becoming the identity piece and logo.
Now, what are your thoughts regarding unmanaged and uncontrolled real estate development?
If you have followed the daily updates of AntiguaDailyPhoto for a while you would know that here we only served rich saturated colours, sometimes with textures as is the case today. Honestly, I can’t say exactly what compels me to photograph walls like this, but I can honestly say that I like it; I hope you like these images as well, let me know either way.