Casa de la Obra Pía

Historic Building in Habana Vieja

One of the more muscular sights around Calle Mercaderes is this typical Havana aristocratic residence originally constructed in 1665 and rebuilt in 1780. Baroque decoration – including an intricate portico made in Cádiz, Spain – covers the exterior facade. The house today functions as a decorative arts museum; there are some colonial artifacts displayed inside. It is also HQ for a local sewing and embroidery cooperative.