There are many homes in Historic Cuenca that deserve more than a second glance. Most are two stories tall with commercial space on the ground floor and an upper floor that is either a residence or office space. The prettiest have been renovated to include artistic color combinations that highlight the decorative molding. Many colonial homes underwent significant renovations during the economic expansion of Cuenca in the 19th century.
Opened on January 15, 1913, the Bank of Azuay served as a symbol of modernity in the colonial heart of Cuenca. Built in the neoclassical style popular in Ecuador at the turn of the 20th century, the bank operated until 1999. Today, the municipal government of Cuenca calls the historic bank home.