Wallis

State: Yucatan

Type of Hacienda: Sisal

Service: Tourist visits

Location: This is located in the east of the city and gives its name to the surrounding area. The address is #212 31st street, between 16th and 14th.

History: Also known as “The Rosary”, the ex-hacienda Wallis currently belongs to the INAH (National Archaeological and Historical Institute) and is leased to the Merida City Council, which has set up the Wallis Cultural Center, where diverse workshops are held. It is said that this sisal hacienda originally belonged to the militia lieutenant Toribio del Mazo, accused – for reasons that are still doubtful – of the murder of the governor and captain-general of Yucatan Lúcas de Gálvez y Montes de Oca, in June 1792. For this reason, and despite being nephew of Friar Luis de Piña y Mazo, 31st bishop of Yucatan, XXXI bishop de Yucatan, he was condemned to prison and forced to give up this property. Among other later owners were Prudencia Casares de Arana, who sold part of the land, and Luciana Pérez, who bequeathed the hacienda to her daughter Esperanza Canto Pérez, who in turn split up the land into plots and sold some of them in 1915. Mrs. Canto gave her name to the resulting newly-formed residential area, which is called Colonia Esperanza. The last sale of the property, including the mansion, was to INFONAVIT (The National Workers’ Housing Fund), which continued dividing up the land and donated the main house to the INAH. For many years, the mansion remained deserted; however, between 1985 and 1987, the City Council requested and obtained from the INAH authorization to restore the building, and after signing an agreement, they installed a library and training center in the building. Recently a cultural center has been formed bearing the name Wallis, where young people and adults can go to learn various artistic skills and take part in workshops.