As far as civil architecture is concerned, El Viso del Alcor has beautiful mansions built in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, located in the historical centre of the town.
These mansions are houses similar to a large palace, built mostly in the eighteenth century. Living conditions improved substantially owing to the town’s rapid growth at that time. The farmers flaunted their wealth, building magnificent houses.
As a result, a nascent agrarian bourgeois society was emerging in El Viso in the 19th century. They would monopolise political and economic power, showing off their wealth by building these palace-houses on downtown streets, where entertainment –taverns, shows…- was readily available. Opposite them were the vast mass of day labourers, dispossessed of any source of wealth, and a small group of day labourers who owned tiny estates (with a “soberao” or roof space to store grain).
Nowadays, these houses are still inhabited by their owners. They are located on Calle Real and Calle Albaicín, as well as Calle Prim, the axis around which the town continued to develop.