Quinta Mazatlan is a Spanish Revival Estate in McAllen, TX, that has been designated a World Birding Center. It’s about a 25 minute drive from our RV Park.

The day Annette and I visited, it was cool and drizzling rain. Because of this, bird watching was a bust, but there’s so much to see there that we didn’t feel one bit cheated. I’ve decided to break this stop into at least three posts, because there are so many different aspects to this beautiful, peaceful, sprawling estate located inside a busy city.

For today’s post, I’m just going to feature some photos of approaching the mansion from different sides.

After the iron gates in my feature photo, a long, palm-lined lane leads you to the mansion. As you walk up the lane towards the house, there are arteries in every direction that hint of intriguing paths.

When the 1930’s adobe mansion starts coming into sight, you feel that you’re about to walk right in to Texas history.

The blue and white ceramic tiles are a theme that ties together the exterior and interior of the mansion. This next shot was a very difficult one to correct the perspective on.

Each approach to the mansion offers its own stunning view.

The courtyards and walkways are evidence of great opulence for being built during the Great Depression.

These were just a few of the many photos I took of the outside of the building. Tomorrow, we’ll take a peek inside.

“In the midst of the Great Depression, most rich people simply went on with their lives as usual. They witnessed suffering from a safe, secure distance. Some were in a position to take advantage of it for their own benefit.”

Carmela Chavez on Quora