You can’t live in Centro without being interested in what is going on with regard to restoring the many crumbling old buildings. Having lived through our two courtyard projects I have nothing but respect for people who can take on the restoration of a building that is missing its roof, needs all new systems, is situated on our small, congested streets, and where the restoration is governed by INAH. If you’re doing one of these restorations, you get a hearty thank you from your neighbors in Centro – all of us – I am sure.
The top of the post is a gorgeous huge building at the corner of Mariano Escobedo and Niños Heroes. It has only been a little “remuddled” as the upper patio looks discordant to the rest, but it will be outstanding when it’s done. Although I’m not sure if the work being done is on the whole building – they are cut up sometimes and the door I shot the picture below through is on the right side of the picture. This is just about 1 block from the water.
The one below is on Constitutíon. They have been working on this one for a long time, but they have just gotten the frieze restored, and you can tell they are making good progress as there is always singing and smiling going on here. Again, about two blocks to the beach.
Another one I’ve been watching for a while is below. I think it’s on Canizales just East of Belisario Dominguez. It’s a kind of art nouveau style, different than much of Centro and probably not as old. They are going to have wonderful outdoor space in this one, we can see through the gate. And parking!
This last one (below) is near and dear to my heart. It’s on Melchor Ocampo between Belisario Dominguez and Carnaval. It is one of these I see every day. It has a plaque on it that identifies it as the Genero Estrada house. They have taken a lot of rubble out of there and yesterday I saw architect types walking around upstairs. I am really hoping this is a full on restoration, not just a cleanup like happens sometimes.