Cord House (Casa del Cordón) is at 214 Calle Isabel la Católica in the Colonial Zone. Diego Columbus lived here while the Alcázar was under construction. Built in 1503 and spared by earthquakes, hurricanes and Sir Francis Drake, it is said to be the oldest standing house in the Western Hemisphere. The stone cord carved above the door is the sign of a Franciscan order. The building now houses a bank and offices.