< Go Back

Old Guard House: House of Mirrors, Chapultepec

Open - Limited Services / Capacity

old guard house chapultepec


The Old Guard House of the Castle of Chapultepec was built in 1889 when a number of changes were made to the Castillo de Chapultepec. It’s just at the entrance to the road leading up to the caste.

By the Porfirato period (1876-1911), the castle was no longer the Military Academy that had valiantly defended the republic during the USA invasion (1847-48). Though it had served as a palace for Maximiliano I (1864-67), thereafter the castle had fallen into disrepair.

This guard house was built under Treasury Secretary, José Yves Limantour’s efforts to imitate the great city forests of Europe. The Calzada del Rey, which runs from here south and then westward, dates from the same time. From the mid-20th century the building was known as the House of Mirrors. Though not quite so dignified a use, it was a popular park attraction for nearly that entire time.

The building was thoroughly rehabbed between 2006 and 2007. It then housed a series of temporary photographic exhibitions. As it is an important landmark in Chapultepec Park, it’s housed similar exhibitions in the intervening years.

Today most people will encounter the Old Guard House before climbing the hill to the Castle. It’s but one of dozens of important landmarks in and around Mexico City’s most important urban forest.

How to get here


José Martí Statue

Nearest at 0.13 kms.

Canadian Totem Pole

Nearest at 0.26 kms.

Chapultepec Zoo

Nearest at 0.31 kms.


Gate of the Lions, Chapultepec

A main entrance to Chapultepec park, flanked by historic lions...

Parque La Hormiga

The former grounds of the Los Pinos Cultural Complex...

FONART Los Pinos

An outstanding artisan outlet in Los Pinos...

Cencalli Food Culture Museum

A museum dedicated to the ancestral and contemporary culture of Food in Mexico...

Francisco I. Madero Esplanade

A quiet tribute to one of Mexico's Revolutionary Leaders...

Mexico City

Cultural Capital of the Americas