House of Tiles (Casa de Los Azulejos) is at Av. Francisco I. Madero #4, about 2 blks. e. of Alameda Park (M: Bellas Artes, lines 2 and 8). This is one of the city's finest colonial mansions. It was built in 1596 to be the residence of the Counts of Orizaba. The exterior is covered with decorative blue and white tiles from Puebla; the bronze balustrade was transported from China.
The flagship branch of the Sanborns restaurant chain has occupied the building since 1919. Stop in for a look at the main dining room, which has carved stone columns, large frescoes, an elaborate staircase and a bar/lounge on the second level.