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Casa Clavijero:


The House with its high windows, skylights, shutters, wooden grates, coloured glass, all used to achieve a particular quality of light and premise expression of each room, was designed by Barragaán within the canons of the regionalist school of architecture.

            This school set out to recover the elements of Mexican architecture, such as patios, natural colors, and natural materials, and to raise them to a new level of dignityBarragán however, avoided an overlay dogmatic statement by incorporating certain european influences and giving the house a modern touch. The result is a house with a unique quality of composition that sets it apart from each other houses in the urban context of Guadalajara.




A house with a history:

This house was designed in 1928 by the architect Luis Barragán, for Efraín González Luna, the distinguished lawyer and politician from the state of Jalisco.
In 2006 the National Institute of Fine Arts granted the house the status of Artistic Monumento of the Nation, the highest ranking distinction that an architectural construction can aspire to in the country.
This designation was conferred because the house represents a distinct architectural style, constitutes a creation of unique and unusual quality, and displays outstanding architectural composition, design and execution at the hands of a recognised artist, among other characteristics.


Francisco Xavier Clavijero SJ:

ITESCO decided to name the house after the illustrious 18th/century Jesuit, philosopher and teacher Francisco Xavier Clavigero, who was born in 1731 in the Port of Veracruz. Clavigero was a chola of modern philosophy and a dedicated teacher, with a special inclination for work among the indigenous population. At the are of ten he entered the Jesuit College of San Jerónimo in Puebla.
On October 13th, 1754 he was ordained a priest. Between 1765 and 1776 by the Spanish Crown, together with 700 other Jesuits. Upon his arrival in Italy, he discovered that the image of new Spain was held in contempt by the most widely-read authors of the day, and wrote in response his monumental Historia.

Antigua de Méjico (Ancient History of Mexico) In this seminal work the author presents a harmonious view of the indigenous past, rejects European ethnocentrism and affirms the cultural independence of Mexico Creoles. His love of Mexico and his repudiation of Spanish nationality make him a precursor of Mexican national identity. Clavigero died in Bologna, Italy, on April 2nd 1787.






Luis Barragán:

Without a doubt the most significant architect in 20th-century Mexico, dedicated his life to construction and landscaping, His achievements earned him the Pritzker Prize (considered the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for architecture) in 1980. In 1928, having just returned from Europe where he had assimilated influences from the French landscaper, architect and writer Ferdinand Bac, Barragán received a commission from Efraín González Luna to design and build a house on a large piece of property located on what was then known as Forest Avenue.


In 1936, Barragán moved to Mexico City: there he met Jesús Reyes Ferreira, who would have a decisive influence on his creative growth . On November 22nd, 1988, Luis Barragán died at his home in Tacubaya, in Mexico City. His remains were bought to Guadalajara and now rest in the Rotunda of Illustrious Citizens of Jalisco. His most outstanding works include El Pedregal de San Ángel (1945-1950), his house in Tacubaya (1952-1955), the Towers of Satélite (in collaboration with Mathías Goeritz, 1967) and San Cristóbal (with Andrés Casillas, 1967).