Torre Reforma is a success story thanks to the movement of the house that is currently considered one of the most important technological innovations in the field of heritage engineering and conservation that have taken place in Mexico.


The house was built in 1929 by the English businessman Sir Patrick O'hey for his wife and was occupied for several years as a room.


The architectural design shows an eclectic neo-Gothic style while its façade is covered with pink quarry.

Catalogued house

The house is currently classified as an urban cultural heritage of artistic value by the National Institute of Fine Arts and heritage value by the Department of Urban Development and Housing within the polygons of Heritage Conservation Area.

The excavation

In order to excavate the 9 basements and the foundation of Torre Reforma, it was necessary to make a temporary displacement of the house, which was solved by constructing a concrete tray that confined the original foundation of the stone.

The concrete tray

Under the concrete slab (tray) rails were installed by which ran a car equipped with computerized hydraulic jacks, which had the task of reacting to the eventuality of some unevenness of the ground in the way.

18m transfer

With this level of technology, the house was moved 18 meters to the north where it was for 6 weeks, while the retaining walls of the basements of the Tower were built.


Once back and in its original position, the excavation of the 9 basements of the Tower under the house began.