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Barrio Querido, La Reformita

Interesting Places

There are three places of interest in this ancient neighborhood


El Buen Pastor Laundry Tank

Ciudad de Guatemala, 31 de enero de 2006/ The three sites represent important traditions and the history of Our City.

The sites are: the Good Shepherd Public Laundry (“Tanque del Buen Pastor”), declared a historical site; the “José Joaquín Palma” Federation-type school, and the triptych monument to the Revolution.


El Buen Pastor Public Laundry


Public laundries are among the most traditional public spaces of Guatemala City.  Many housewives profit from these facilities, which therefore become a social venue. This is the only public laundry that remains of the three that used to serve La Reformita. El Buen Pastor, today recognized as a historical monument, is located in 18th Street and Petapa Avenue, Zone 12. According to the neighbors, another public laundry was located in El Trébol and the other one, in 11 Avenue and 12 Street, in the lot now occupied by the Official National School for Girls “Jacobo Villaurrutia”. Both public laundries were demolished and only El Buen Pastor remains.


Otilia, the lady who manages the tank, tells us that the facilities have a water gauge.  For this reason, the monthly fee is Q22.00 per user.  The tank is open from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. She also states that “before the tank was taken over by Empagua, water did not run during most of the day; we had to reserve the laundry spaces during the day and showed up at 2:00 a.m. to do the wash.  Now, thanks to the gauge, we don’t have to get up so early.  Blood will run the day someone decides to take that gauge away”.


Today, the tank of this ancient public laundry is in disrepair mostly due to humidity.  It is surrounded by walls and cement and the children enjoy swinging on the door at the entryway.
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