Centro mini update

June 16, 2010

There are always lots of projects going on around town.  I thought I’d show you a few, and tell you about a few others.

To start with, the good news.  The Mansion of the Garcias, that I have written about before  – most recently here and before that here. The picture above is a picture of the building before work began.

The picture below is now.


We walked by about a week ago when a crane was delivering some huge steel roof beams.  They are installed now. There has been a curb cut installed on Mariano Escobedo that opens into a very large parking area.  All of the exterior cement work has been redone.  The “remuddled” patio off the back has been removed.  It is just gorgeous!  A couple of guys working on the project told me that it was going to be a restaurant, and just the other day I heard that it’s actually going to be two restaurants.  There is still a lot of work to be done inside, but so far it is fantastic.

This building is on the other end of the block from a number of excellent restaurants – Lorna, La Mona, and others.  So there will be quite the restaurant row on Niños Heroes between Constitución and Mariano Escobedo.


I reported a while back that the Haas house on Heriberto Frias had been donated by the family to the city to be used as a Carnaval museum.  Construction began about 9 months ago (I think) and INAH, the historic preservation society that polices work in Centro Historico shut them down when they opened a doorway on a side wall without authorization.  All the historic buildings must adhere to INAH’s rules, one of which – and the most important one – is DO NOT CHANGE THE LOOK FROM THE STREET.

So what do you think I see when walking on the adjacent street the other day?  These terrible, hideous beams that change the whole look of the place.  (Picture below)  They have also closed off the historic main door and are intending to use the new side door as the main entrance.  The newspaper wrote a piece the other day about what an terrible impact this will have in Centro.


These beams are on both sides of the building and just make no sense to me whatsoever.


INAH has also shut down another project – this time at the Lion Park on Angel Flores.  It appears that the city started removing the paved surface, and INAH objected.  Seems strange to me that they would leave this large heap of tiles in the way for several weeks now.  There is about a one foot cleared area so you can get by.



The Zaragoza park project is ongoing still.  Our understanding from newspaper reports is that the local architecture society donated plans for the remodel of the park that included a kiosko designed to be compatible with Centro Historico.  When the contractors (from Culiacán) were brought in, they weren’t given the plans and just created their own.  The kiosko that has been partially erected seems of a fairly modern style, and the work is proceeding quite slowly.  There have been articles in the paper discussing the missed opportunity on this one.  Once the work is done I’ll do a photo essay.


The main mercado in Mazatlán is undergoing a renovation, also.  There have been lots of issues that have to be dealt with – old wiring, bad drainage, too many gas tanks, and the need to reveal the beautiful ironwork structure.  Most of the mercado is still open and functioning but there is major work being done on all the surrounding streets that has been creating a lot of congestion for the last couple of months.  I’ll take you on a tour once the work there is complete, too, which is expected to be mid-August.


Last Saturday night was a really wonderful night here in Mazatlán.  It was Dia de La Musica, and there were five stages set up all around Centro Historico, each with a different musical genre.  Each stage had a variety of performers who played around an hour each so all in all there were about 30 groups represented.  It was a fantastic night, enjoyed by many thousand year-round Mazatlán residents. There even was a student public art exhibit – photos are here.

The performance schedule has three pages – here, here and here, if you would like to see what terrific performers we saw that night.  Mazatlán is a really amazing city with a very vibrant cultural life, and I feel very lucky to live here.


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    1. Wow, TWO restaurants?! Where will the people come from or will it be faith…Build it and they will come.

      It really is looking magnificent. They were even painting the facade of the ugly parking lot yesterday on B.Dominguez near you. Spiff, spiff, spiffing. Thanks for the updates.

    1. Haas House and Lion Park are so interesting. The beams look pretty bad, maybe they were going to plaster over them? The park I suppose might look that way for a long time. Too bad, but the other renovations look great. Thanks for sharing the photos and will look forward to more of them! LL

      1. Zoe, Since the interior is still just dirt and crumbling walls, it will be a while until two more restaurants arrive. But I think that the restaurant row going there is pretty successful already. The painting of the ugly parking lot walls really kills me, it is like painting over clods of dirt almost!

        Lauren, The big building at the top of the post isn’t a city project… but I think the mercado and the two plazuelas are.

        Linda, I have been wondering about the beams, too… but if they were going to plaster them I would think they’d be the normal steel beams. I have wondered if it is to create a kind of greenhouse or perhaps to put shade cloth on, not sure. Whatever, it is quite discordant with the tone of the historic area!

    1. The Mansion looks great!

    1. On the theme of Mazatlan’s culture, during a walk-through of the Teatro Angela Peralta, we heard the opera school practicing. We stuck our heads in and were beckoned in to listen. The young singers were wonderful, and it was a pity that we couldn’t attend an opera. But I’m glad to hear that there are many other cultural activities.


      Kim G
      Boston, MA
      Where, amazingly enough, we don’t have a real opera.

      1. Kim G,

        Maz has an amazing cultural life, especially in the wintertime. I keep a calendar (see the menu bar) if you ever come back and want to see what’s going on in town.

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