Iturbide 500 Hostal is located in a former house, which was the residence of the Ipiña Family. They played an important role in the development of our city.
Pantaleón Ipiña Eguía arrived to San Luis Potosí on 1814 where, as president of the City Council, he was avowed as an honorable citizen by drafting the first regulation on primary education. He died in 1843, at the age of 58, leaving his wife Francisca Genoveva Prisciliana Peña Santacruz a widow and orphans to his 3 children Petronila, Jovita and José María de la Encarnación Ipiña; the las one followed his father steps by leading the Primary Instruction Board, becoming deputy and acting gubernator for San Luis Potosí. José María Ipiña started a family with Luisa Bartola Ramona Verástegui Ruíz de Bustamante. They grew 5 children: Roberto, Luis, Matilde, María and Ignacio.
In his youth, José María moved to Paris, France, where he fall in love with the French architecture so deep, that he asked his son-in-law José Octaviano Liborio Cabrera Hernández to build a palace based in French style. This is how one of the most iconic and gorgeous buildings of our city comes to life: ‘Los Portales Ipiña’. The palace was completed on 1912, and find its inspiration in a building located on Rivoli Street, Paris, France.
Working hand in hand with his father-in-law, prompted together the construction of a highway on the road to Tampico. He also got involved into San Luis Potosí evolution by investing and buying proprieties, such as the Construction company of the Municipal burial ground.
Among several projects, is worth to mention the Tequisquiapan Street widening work (currently Carranza Avenue), where he got closer to the owners of the estates beside the area, to negotiate a compensation for the pieces of land between the projected path. On 1881, he prompted the construction of a sewer system, from the Municipal Palace to ‘La Corriente’, currently Reforma Avenue, which main goal was to discharge sewage and rainwater.
On 1861, he was elected as Deputy for the Congress of San Luis Potosí State, he was Mayor two times, Senator three times, and alternate Governor.
Owner of 14 cattle, agricultural and mezcal farms, such as: La Parada (where nowadays Potosino mezcal “Júrame” is produced), Pozo del Carmen, Montebello, Valle Umbroso, El Tanquito and Bledos; from this last one, were produced up to 400 cases of wine.