Fabrica La Aurora
ANNEX: The Galeria San Francisco Annex opened its gallery doors at the Fabrica La Aurora in August of 2017. A textile mill from 1902 to 1991, Fabrica La Aurora has since become an art-lover's paradise in San Miguel de Allende. The converted factory shows evidence of the site's history, including oil-stained floors and traces of cotton tucked into crevices.
Built in the early twentieth century by an English company, this place worked for more than 90 years as one of the most important textile factories in Mexico. In addition to having been a great source of employment for the locals, La Aurora was a space where people gathered to celebrate traditions and even organize football tournaments, generating a sense of unity and belonging within the community. It is important to note that the architectural recovery of the space allowed the original structure to remain almost intact, with its iconic 12 stone arches and wrought iron doors. Some of the original industrial machinery has also been left in the renovated Fábrica La Aurora, which reopened in 1990.
The Fabrica Aurora now houses many art galleries, artists' studios, restaurants a bookstore and a cafe. Many of the artists offer courses and workshops in their studios throughout the year.
The Galeria San Francisco Annex opened its gallery doors at the Fabrica La Aurora in August of 2017 . There are also art classes offered in this location as well as in the Centro Historico gallery.