Italian style

San Telmo is a small barrio once dwelt by rich landowners, traders, fishermen, stevedores and African slaves. Nineteenth-century mansions testify to the elegance of the old days.

Pasaje de la Defensa.
1179 Defensa St.

The Pasaje de la Defensa, built in1880, is a typical casa chorizo or sausage house - so called because of its long, narrow structure.
The Roman-style patios, the last of which was used by the servants, now house antique and curio shops.
(Photos: Soledad Ianni