The XVIth Century Casa-Palacio

Although we date the house to be built by Lazaro de Briones in 1561, our command of the documentary property trail is non-conclusive. We can trail the property of the house down to the late XVIIIth century, to Bartolome Quintanilla y Arce, as the house is listed in the registry of the neighbours of the parish of Santa María ( below ). Through genealogy records we can trace the lineage from Bartolomé Quintanilla to Lazaro de Briones, who in 1560 was awarded the recognition of an extended coat of arms for his service and accomplishments in favour of the Spanish Crown in the conquest of the provices of Peru, which was published on 10.5.1560. The shield atop the door to the palace presents the arms of the Briones family as detailed in this grant signed by King Felipe II of Spain, and on the two left lower quarters, the Quintanilla family emblem – a beaded cross.

The Casa Palacio de Carmona has been known by other names in the past.

2014 – 20XX Casa Palacio de Carmona – Rebranding by Felipe Guardiola, on account of a more precise description.
1991 – 2014 Casa de Carmona – the brand created by Marta Medina, who bought and restored the house.
1940s- 1980s Casa-Palacio de los Romero de Solis
1800s- 1950s Casa-Palacio de los Lasso de la Vega
1700s- 1800s Casa Palacio de los Quintanilla
1560s- 1700s Casa Palacio de los Briones (we infer)

These changes in name correspond to when the heir of the house is a lady and the name of the owner, on the following generation, changes to that of the husband.

We believe the Casa Palacio de Carmona to be the oldest standing and best of its kind in Carmona (as told to the author by Meye Mayer, partner of previous owner Pedro Romero de Solis and caretaker of the house for several years in the 1970s and 1980s). Although there are more than a dozen large beautiful houses in Carmona, there are not more than a handful of this quality. The quality of the house, like the description of a lady, is impossible to represent briefly and comprehensively, but nevertheless, it is inequivocally apparent.