Though the listing for this house says the basement — which is by far its most exciting feature — is painted with Mexican murals, it seems equally possibly the murals and associated themed decor signify something more serious: the imperialist incursion by Spain into Mexico. Well, not equally possible. But desirable-because-interesting? Certainly.
First of all, the barstools are more of a traditional, Spanish-style design than Mexican-style stool design. The half-banquettes appear to be yellow and red in color, which are the colors of the Spanish flag. The bar-side mural features a flamenco dancer — an art form that originated in Southern Spain.
That being said, flamenco dance was brought to Mexico by the Spaniards and now thrives there. The mural also features a macaw, which is native to South and Central America and thrives in Mexico (even more so than the flamenco dancers). The mural above the half-banquettes seems to feature an indigenous person of some kind with a feather in the hair (a macaw feather?), a look that no Spaniard ever embraced, as Velazquez could tell you.
The palm trees — well, there are palm trees in both Mexico and Spain.
What could really throw an interesting monkey wrench into this melange is the mix of colors of the barstools: green and red. Could that signify Bolivia, also colonized by the Spanish?
Ay, dios mio. Hay demasiado contemplar aquí. Las fotos del resto de la casa, abajo…
THE FINE PRINT
Square feet: 5,498
475 Warick Rd., Wynnewood
• Listing: 475 Warick Rd, Wynnewood, PA