Many buildings in the Colonia Roma district of Mexico City, a new residential area for the middle classes, were adapted to the sinuous forms of Art Nouveau, which was considered a symbol of modernity. The Casa Prunes at Calle Chihuahua 78 is one of the most representative of this style. It was built in 1916 by Arquitectura Prunes, a company that was dedicated to housing promotion, and its most Art Nouveau element is the façade, with its undulating stone mouldings framing doors and windows. Its interior design was more conventional in taste, with four rooms around a central courtyard located on one floor.
Restoration work in 1999 was financed by Grupo Pegaso, overseen by the Casa Lamm Cultural Centre and carried out by Higuera & Sánchez. The house maintains its original residential function, although it has been changed dramatically. The façade has been maintained and rehabilitated but its interior layout has been changed to accommodate a greater number of rooms distributed over various floors.