It was difficult, at first, to get a gage on the design intent of the owner. We began our tour in the front of the home. Most of the homes from this period were built with similar floor plans, very narrow long lots with a central courtyard. You entered through a pair of iron gates behind which was a set of doors. Guests would arrive by horse and carriage into this entry. It was sort of their version of our garage. It was the only way in and out of the home. Every casa was its own little fortress. The gates, doors and single entry were all for security. From there we were led into what we would call the parlor where our tour began. The room as in most homes here had very high ceilings presumably allowing the heat to rise above the heads of its occupants.
Keith's partner, David Sterling, the chef and author of Yucatan: Recipes for a Culinary Expedition, had completely transformed a centuries old building into a modern day incarnation of hospitality Merida style.