With only 2.5 meters wide and 13 meters deep, this house has the peculiarity of being the narrowest in the city. A property that hides a particular and captivating story.
There are many legends and stories that surround this curious Buenos Aires house. It is believed that it was part of a house much larger but from the second decade of the nineteenth century the lots were sold and sub-divided until it was this size.
In the years where the house was supposedly built, Buenos Aires was not even for being the big city it is today and its population was also very different. In those first years the number of black slaves was really important, it is estimated that over 800,000 inhabitants of the city in 1850, 110000 were mulattos and about 20,000 blacks of African origin.
A story widely spread by tour guides says that when freedom of bellies was declared and when slavery was abolished in Argentina in 1853, all these slaves had to look for a place to live, so it was common for their former masters to provide them ( or sell) small land to build their own houses. Even a legend says that it was Urquiza himself, one of the heroes of Argentina, who gave this house to an exclaimed freedman as a gesture of goodwill towards him.
Little is known if the history of the slave is real, but it is certain that in this property antiquarian worked in 1960, who apparently was the propagator of the legend of the freed slave, to give more charm or mystique to the objects that were sold there.
Currently the house is part of the complex “El Zanjón” a kind of private museum that is composed of this house next to another neighboring property where there is a series of underground tunnels of the colonial era known as the “Zanjón de Granados”.
The house can be visited alone or next to the tunnel complex on a guided tour. Inside we will see different historical objects dating from the first years of the founding of Buenos Aires, next to its thick walls of baked clay and bricks.