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The Minimum House: a small space full of history

Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
18 April, 2018

Buenos Aires is full of little corners, small details, hidden wonders in view of everyone. San Telmo is, without a doubt, one of the most magical districts of the city, and it houses a small treasure: the Casa Mínima.

Located in Pasaje San Lorenzo 380 – in an environment where the pavement regulates the speed of the few cars that pass by and transforms this block into an oasis of silence – the particular feature of this house is that it has the narrowest façade in the city: its front is only 2.5 metres wide.

Its construction dates from the beginning of the 19th century and it is a residual space that remained after the successive building reforms that the block underwent. That’s the formal story. The myth, for its part, says that it was the home of a freed slave, to whom his master had given that space to build his home.

According to the legend, in 1813, after the freedom of wombs was declared, the slaves found themselves in need of their own home and, on many occasions, their former owners provided them with small plots of land to use for this purpose, in gratitude for the services rendered.

It is not known for sure if this was so, which makes it even more wonderful. It remains in our imagination, then, to believe what was the initial purpose of this small house; to close our eyes and visualize a Buenos Aires in 1800, where -with that little piece of apple- a slave knew, for the first time, what freedom was. What are you waiting for to get to know that little part of our history?

Foto: Gentileza Ente de Turismo de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires: travel.buenosaires.gob.ar

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