Mayorazgo de la Canal House
Want to take a peek at how the Upper Classes lived in the 18th Century? Come visit the Mayorazgo de la Canal House, today transformed into a Banamex Cultural Center. Several exhibits visit the location throughout the year, bringing something fresh for you every time.
Opening Times: Monday to Friday 09:00 to 18:00; Saturday and Sunday 10:00 to 18:00
Cost: No Entry Fee
The Casa del Mayorazgo de la Canal located in the center of the city of San Miguel de Allende is one of the best examples of civil architecture in the Bajío Novohispana. Built towards the end of the 18th century or the beginning of the 19th century by order of Manuel Tomás de la Canal and his son José Mariano, this house is of Baroque architectural style, familiar with the Italian and French tradition of the 16th and 18th centuries, combined with the local heritage.
The house of the Canal family occupies a plot of land that faces the course of the East to the Plaza, while on the North side, it passes the Calle Real. On the front facing the square there is a dance of six semicircular arches resting on monumental pilasters, which is a great portal.
While the façade that faces the square is characterized by its regularity and by having open the lower part, which corresponds to the portal, limited by an arcade, the other draws attention for being more closed and with a freer distribution of all its elements , among which the cover stands out in a spectacular way, which has a series of symbols that, when read, reveal the social prestige and wealth achieved by the family.
The play of light and shadows on the architecture of the house, typical of Baroque taste, highlights the individual cornices of each balcony on the upper part. There is also a bichromatic game in the use of the gray quarry and another one of reddish color.
The upper cornice is molded, it is re-bunched on the cloths and it goes forward to the axis with the pilasters. Another element of Baroque art are the shapes of the French rockery, present in various parts of the palace.