May 21, 2009, 1:55 PM
Post #3 of 9
There's a state bookstore in the courtyard of the Ex-Convento del Carmen, at Av. Juárez #612, Col. Centro, Guadalajara. Go there and buy the nearly 300-page Guía Arquetectónica Esencial Zona Metropolitana Guadalajara, published in 2005 by the Gobierno de Jalisco. The book is beautifully produced.
Study the book and make a list (by colonia, which is how the book is organized) of wonderful examples of period architecture (from colonial times to Art Deco to the near-present) in the city. The book is superb in every way--organization, photography, and descriptions of the architects, buildings and colonias. In the back-of-the-book index section, the authors give maps, routes and itineraries for visiting churches, houses, and neighborhoods.
You could spend months seeing the city via this guidebook. It's indispensible. I'm looking at the book now and wishing I were in Guadalajara today! We'd go to Restaurante La O for lunch (corner Guadalupe Zuno and Grl. San Martín, don't miss a long look at the fabulous pasta floors), peer in the fence of the Casa Pagoda across the street--it's probably still for sale or rent--and then walk over to the glorious Casa Zuno (Av. Unión #2226, corner Guadalupe Zuno)for a tour.