Insurgentes 300

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Top of Insurgentes 300 (top right) as seen from calle San Luis Potosí, 2013

Insurgentes 300, also known by its official original name, Condominio Insurgentes, or also as Edificio de la Canada, is a 19-floor commercial and residential building,[1] now closed and in a state of deterioration[2] at Avenida de los Insurgentes 300, Colonia Roma, Mexico City.

It opened in 1958, being one of the first tall condominiums in Mexico, with an elevator bank and a heliport. It was a prestigious address, and lawyers' and actors' offices were located there.[2] The building's side carried the letters of the giant advertisement “CANADA”.[3]

In 1995, Abraham Antonio Polo Uscanga was assassinated here[3] (se article in German Wikipedia).

In 2006, plastic artist Ramiro Chávez made an exhibit with the letters from the “CANADA” advertisement once they were taken down, which was shown at the Museo Carrillo Gil.[3]

After the March 2012 Guerrero–Oaxaca earthquake, the building was damaged and on August 17 of that year the Secretariat of Civil Protection of the Mexican Federal District ordered the complete evacuation of the building, which at the time still had 78 of its 400 offices occupied.[2]

As of October 2013, some renovation and reinforcement work is going on in the building but it is not clear if these are enough to allow the building's reopening.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ José Luis Ruiz (2010-09-20), "Una mole que se niega a caer", El Universal 
  2. ^ a b c d Luis Fernando Reyes (2013-10-09), "Padecen 18 meses daños por sismo", Reforma 
  3. ^ a b c Arturo Páramo (2012-08-25), "Se desmorona Insurgentes 300, icono de los 50 en el DF", Excelsior