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The history of Casa Gangotena

"I have very fond memories of the mansion on the square. When I was little, my godmother used to take me to mass in the nearby Chapel of Cantuña. Afterwards, we would go for a cup of tea in the big house on the corner with her friends. It seemed very grand. It's amazing to think that years later I am part of the team behind the creation of a hotel in the very same mansion. I love the idea that we welcome guests into the same house that once welcomed me…"

Roque Sevilla, Chairman of the Board of Hotel Casa Gangotena.

Casa Gangotena occupies a pivotal place in Quito's historic heart: the south west corner of Plaza San Francisco. Its history stretches back to the time of the Incas. According to the early Spanish chroniclers, in the 15th century the square featured several Inca temples, one of them situated at the site of the present house. The large Plaza was used for centuries as a giant open-air market or "Tianguiz", for indigenous traders from several regions.

In 1534, once the Spaniards arrived into Quito, the Incas' northern capital, their religious orders soon set out to convert the hearts and minds of the local population. The Franciscan order occupied the whole western hillside of the ample square.

Due to the importance of Plaza San Francisco, throughout the colonial period and the following centuries, several wealthy families built their homes around it. The mansion that occupied the hotel's present site later became the residence of several Republican-era presidents. Unfortunately, in 1914 a calamitous fire destroyed much of the house.

The historic mansion was completely rebuilt in 1924 by its owners, the Gangotena family, one of the capital's leading families, whose members include important industrialists, politicians, landowners, academics and even poets. The Gangotena family owned the stately home until the mid-2000’s when it was bought to convert it into a world-class boutique hotel. In 1978 Quito was declared the first-ever UNESCO World Heritage Site city and considered the largest and best preserved Historic Center in the Americas. A few years later, Casa Gangotena was included in the city's cultural heritage inventory.

Fire of Casa Gangotena in 1914

Fire of Casa Gangotena in 1914

Casa Gangotena in 1930

Casa Gangotena Near 1930

Casa Gangotena occupies a pivotal place in Quito's historic heart, at the corner of Plaza San Francisco. Its history stretches back to the time of the Incas. According to the early Spanish chroniclers, in the 15th century the square featured Inca temples, one of them on the site of the present house.

As soon as the Spanish arrived in the Incas' northern capital in 1534, the religious orders soon set about converting the hearts and minds of the local population. Thus the Franciscan order occupied the whole western hillside of the vast square, which had for centuries been used as a giant Indian open-air market, or "Tianguez", for traders from every region.

Due to the importance of the Plaza San Francisco in the following centuries, various wealthy families built their homes around it. This mansion on the hotel's present site later became the residence of several Republican-era presidents. But in 1914, disaster struck and the house suffered a calamitous fire.

It was completely rebuilt in 1926 by its owners, the Gangotenas, one of the capital's leading families, whose members included important industrialists, politicians, landowners, academics and even poets. In 1978 Quito was declared the first UNESCO World Heritage Site city, considered the largest and best preserved historic centre in the Americas, and a few years later, Casa Gangotena was included in the city's cultural heritage inventory.



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