Porticos, pilasters, quoins, cornices, even gargoyles: this building has them all.
(And yes, I loved it, even though the porches and piazzas were closed to the public.)
And we cannot ignore the unusual touch of an ancient stone phallus displayed in the side yard.
Inside, the museum was an incongruous mix of this obviously European-inspired building with a display on the history and cultures of the Maya peoples of the eastern Yucatan prior to the Spanish conquest. This stairwell summed it up for me:
The artifacts displayed covered various periods, materials, and styles, ranging from the simple pottery of the pre-classic period to exquisite jade jewelry meant to convey the importance of its owner (and probably make him or her long for the ceremony to be over so that the ridiculously heavy thing could be taken off).
My favorite piece, though, was the dancing jaguar. (Apologies for the less-than-excellent photo.)
Another historical mystery to ponder.