This emblematic building in the center of Palma occupies the site of the old cemetery of Camp Roig. Construction began in the seventeenth century to host a charity institution dedicated to accommodate homeless people, but work continued until the nineteenth century. The top of the building maintains the two building blocks that once belonged to the departments of men and women. The architectural complex features a large trapezoidal arcaded courtyard with Doric columns on the ground floor and Ionic on the first floor.
Since 1977 it is managed by the Council of Mallorca and operates as a cultural center. It hosts the Library of Artisan Culture, the archives of the former council, the Lluís Alemany Library (specialized in Balearic themes) and Arxiu de la Imatge i el So de Mallorca (Archive of Image and Sound of Mallorca). In the chapel are mounted temporary exhibitions and displays of sculpture in the garden. It also features a small room showing works from the collection of Croatian painter Kristian Krecovic (1901-1985).