Quinta Mazatlan: A Visual Journey, is a celebration of the architectural and cultural wonders of McAllen’s most distinctive mansion and landscape. Photographer Deval Pino Shah and writer Eileen Mattei collaborated on this book filled with stunning images by Shah. Mattei presents new artistic and historical perspectives of one of Texas’ largest adobe homes and its surrounding environment. Quinta Mazatlan is one of the nine World Birding Centers in the Rio Grande Valley. More than 250 species of birds are attracted to the native habitat, and that brings in birders to see exotic residents such as Kiskadees, Groove-billed Anis and Red-crowned Parrots. Pino Shah is a world heritage photographer based in McAllen, Texas and Ahmedabad, India. A freelance writer based in the Rio Grande Valley, Eileen Mattei writes travel, nature and history articles for Texas Coop Power, Texas Highways, and other magazines. She is the author of At the Crossroads: Harlingen’s First 100 Years; Leading the Way: McAllen’s First 100 Years, and For the Good of My Patients: The History of Medicine in the Rio Grande Valley.
© ArtByPino The well at Quinta Mazatlan was used to fill the swimming pool and provide water for the house. The Schultzes planted Washingtonia palms in the courtyard.
© ArtByPino Iron gates on exterior doors and the patio entrances made Quinta Mazatlan a mini-fortress on a hill. The rise marked a natural gas dome that supplied the mansion with free natural gas for 50 years.