About Casa Herrera

Casa Herrera is a 17th century colonial property located in the heart of Antigua, Guatemala. Casa Herrera is one of the great original houses of colonial Antigua, dating approximately to 1680. Its twenty-six rooms were beautifully restored and updated in 2008 and include a large lecture/auditorium hall, various teaching and study spaces, offices, resident dormitories, a full kitchen, as well as a research library devoted to the art and archaeology of Mesoamerica (currently in development). The Casa is centrally located just one block north of the plaza of Antigua at 4a Avenida Norte, No. 9.

Casa Herrera, view of courtyard
Casa Herrera, view of courtyard

The Casa is owned by the Fundación Pantaleón, a not-for-profit foundation organized and operated under the laws of Guatemala for charitable, educational and cultural purposes consistent with the mission of The University of Texas at Austin.

As an extension of Mesoamerica Center, of the Department of Art and Art History of the College of Fine Arts, the Casa’s programs and research activities further facilitate the study, exploration, and appreciation of Pre-Columbian art and archaeology and the indigenous cultures of Mesoamerica.

Casa Herrera provides a major venue for research and teaching of Pre-Columbian art and archaeology, facilitating dialogue and cooperation among scholars, faculty and students from diverse disciplines, numerous institutions, and nations. The facility’s setting in Antigua provides an ideal venue for scholars and students to pursue, explore and appreciate both the rich Pre-Columbian heritage of Guatemala and its modern cultural milieu..

Mission Statement

Casa Herrera’s mission is to create new opportunities for education and research, facilitating learning and dialogue in many fields of study among scholars and students from institutions and nations in Central America and beyond.  In addition to its primary role as a place of scholarly research and teaching, the Casa aims to be an important venue for community engagement with academia and the arts through regular public programming such as lectures, concerts and performances.

Architectural Detail

While Mesoamerican art, archaeology and anthropology represent the Casa’s primary research focus, it also explores a wider array of interdisciplinary activities and uses that resonate with UT’s mission.

As the university strives toward academic excellence through interrelated and comprehensive educational opportunities, the Casa also embraces research and collaborations in academic areas such as languages, architecture, Latin American Studies, continuing education, and the performing arts.