The Sanson y Montinola Mansion, better known as the Antillan House in Jaro is one of the very few such mansions that has been left intact.
The home was built at the turn of the 20th century by Don Gregorio Montinola y Lozada and his spouse Doña Matilde Jalandoni y Habana.
The homes lower level served as the vestibule area for the main entrance.
The upper floor accommodated the various living spaces, to take advantage of the huge windows throughout that floor.
The house is modelled after similar homes that were being built at about the same time in the Caribbean. Hence, the naming of the property: “The Antillan House”.
At the deaths of Don Gregorio and Dona Matilde the property was willed to Alfredo Araneta Sanson and Matilde Jalandoni Montinola de Sanson, who in turn bequethed it to their four sons. Three of the brothers decided to split the property. Gregorio, the eldest elected to retain ancestral home. He and his wife Marilou Tirol currently own and manage the home and remaining property.
When you approach the home down the narrow driveway, you are struck by the palette of colours that have been used on the home. It is said that in the recent, in order to keep with the home’s historical significance that Don Gregorio and his wife, Madame Tirol have in vested large amount of time, effort and money having the paint used on the exterior analyzed to ensure a perfect match in both tint and coverage so as not to negatively affect the structure. That is total dedication to a historically important property.