In the neighborhood of La Merced, in Mexico City, you can find the ruins of the Manzanares Bridge ditch, which lead to a large market in Mexico City.
This property had several owners, among which was an aristocratic family which turned the house into a religious house to accommodate and protect widows of wealthy families.
Apart from being a grain storage house, the building functioned as a religious house, and tenement house. It also hosted a club called El Molcajete, as well as the headquarters of the Ateneo Español.
Casa de la Acequia was connected to a bridge where merchants unloaded goods coming from Xochimilco and Coyoacán.
In 2012, the Madero bookstore, who had been located at Madero Street since 1951, changed its location to Casa de la Acequia.
The courtyard of the building follows the outline of an irrigation ditch that ran under it.
It is said that the house was first a watchtower located next to the canal of Regina. Then, the structure was enlarged to create the building we know today.
This building has hosted many important cultural events, such as the Ateneo Español de México, founded by refugees from the Spanish civil war, and the Cultural Agora Alfonso Reyes.
Next to the house’s wooden gate is a plaque indicating that Daniel Cosío Villegas was born there in 1898. He was the creator of the FCE (Economic Culture Fund) and one of the founders of the National School of Economics.