Whoa! It has been over two weeks since my last post. Got behind and then Mary and Mike Hartt visited with us for a week, so I have not had much computer time. I downloaded pictures of Quinta Mazatlan from the first time we visited there, but never finished the post or got it published. Since then we returned to this magnificent setting with the Hartts, so I have more pictures to add to my original set.
Quinta Mazatlan was built in 1935 by Jason Chilton Matthews, a writer and world traveler, who is reported to have served with Lawrence of Arabia in Lebanon's war of Independence from the Turks. He and his wife lived in the house for 30 years.
The second owners were Frank and Marilyn Schultz, who purchased the estate in 1968, and lived there until 1998, when Quinta Mazatlan was put up for auction. At that time Mission was growing rapidly and with the location near the airport, developers wanted to demolish the house and sell the land for business. The City of Mission had the foresight to purchase this unique property, and after renovations, open it to the public as one of the nine World Birding Centers.
Since that purchase, the city has expanded the grounds and reestablished native habitat, as well as adding an extensive collection of sculptures.
My favorite of the many water features scattered throughout the park.
After the bird walk we were free to walk through the first floor of the house. It was quite impressive.
For more information about Quinta Mazatlan take a look at www.quintamazatlan.com. It has become my favorite WBC (so far)