La Casa Minima

Buenos Aires, Argentina | C.1807

Photo Credit: Andrés Gori

La Casa Mínima, at 380 Pasaje San Lorenzo, is the most narrow house in the Argentine capital. Measuring just over eight feet wide, its depth goes back forty feet, suggesting room to live, if snugly, despite its remarkably narrow entrance.

For decades, legend circulated that the house was given to a freed slave, but archaeologists dispelled that myth. Historical studies suggest that La Casa Mínima was once a single home measuring over five times its current width but was gradually divvied up. Poor planning left this magnificent runt of a home.

You can visit a small museum around the corner from the house, which offers four guided tours per week. Though worth the visit, it’s safe to assume it will not be a prolonged one.

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