Historic Houses in San Miguel
By Sandra Ríos
We bet you have probably seen these historic houses in the Centro Histórico of San Miguel; however, next time you pass by these buildings, you will know more about them.
Casa del Mayorazgo de la Canal
This house was formerly called the Palacio de los Condes de la Canal because the de la Canal family built it. The home shows the aristocratic vibe of the 18th century residences in its neoclassical facade. Inside the house, there is a room set in a corner, overlooking the main entrances to the city of San Miguel. This is where they stood guard during the War of Independence, ready to give the alarm when the royalist troops arrived. The house was confiscated from the de la Canal family during the War of Independence, but descendants of the family recovered it in 1921 and inhabited it for another 80 years until they sold it to the Garcia family. The building currently belongs to the National Bank of Mexico.
Canal 4, Centro.
La Casa de Ignacio Allende
Baroque architecture is evident in this house where Ignacio Allende was born and raised, and where the first insurgent army later departed for its first formal battle. In late 1810 the house was confiscated by the colonial government of the time. Later, after the Independence of Mexico, the new government returned the property to its owners, who subsequently sold it.
From 1860 it belonged to the González Larrinúa family, and at the beginning of the 20th century, it was sold to the Vega family, who kept it until 1976, the year in which the state of Guanajuato acquired it. Restoration began in 1985 to create the Museo Casa Allende, which is open to the public.
Cuna de Allende 1, Centro.
La Casa de las Conspiraciones
This 18th century building belonged to Domingo Allende, brother of Ignacio Allende. Here secret meetings between insurgents were conducted to conspire against the colonial government. Under the pretext of holding dances and other social gatherings, these patriots met in the basement to organize the movement for independence. It is currently a private house and is not open to the public.
La Casa del Inquisidor
This house dates from 1780. The officers of the Inquisition of San Miguel didn’t practice at the office of the inquisitor; they just received complaints and then sent them directly to the Holy Office of the City of Mexico. Victorino de las Fuentes was one of the officers of the Inquisition and owner of this famous house. The officers of the Inquisition, Juan Manuel Villegas and Luis Felipe Neri de Alfaro, also lived in this house.
Aldama 1, Centro