In this large townhouse found in the Colonia Condesa district, there is an interesting collection of books, diplomas and letters that were once collected and conserved by former owner Alfonso Reyes. The building itself was built to the specifications of this respected Mexican writer, who formed part of what was to be denominated the Ateneo de la Juventud, or Youth of Athenaeum, a turn-of-the-century literary group that had a great influence on Mexican writing, and culture. There is an interesting anecdote about how this place got its name. Due to the huge number of books and works of art housed here, a friend of the writer said that it looked like a sanctuary of knowledge (in other words a chapel) and suggested the name Alfonsina as a slight variation of the owner's own Christian name. Here you can also see a work of art by Diego Rivera called Plaza de Toros de Madrid, a gift from Rivera to Reyes.
- Open Hours: Monday from 09:00 AM to 03:30 PM, Thursday to Friday from 09:00 AM to 03:30 PM
- Nearest Train: Patriotismo