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.
A medieval warrior, archer with bow and arrow and heraldic symbols of a dragon and a rampant unicorn are painted onto leaded glass, a technique dating to the 16th century. © ArtByPino The appearance of paw prints in air-dried Saltillo tiles is supposed to bring good luck. During renovations, the Schultzes made their marks in wet cement. Karen Schultz was the daughter and Stephen the son. In-floor safe in the former bedroom closet which was preserved by the City upon renovation.
© ArtByPino Cedar Hall is named for the cedar roof beams, reportedly a gift from the King of Lebanon for Matthews' service during World War I. The wide passageway offers three seating areas, a piano and a shell-shaped fireplace.