Palacio Legislativo

Plaza de la Republica, Colonia Tabacalera, Cuauhtemoc
Mexico Mexico

Construction Dates
  Intended completion date1910
Floor Count4
Basement Floors1
Floor Area20,400 m²
Building Uses
 - capitol building
 - government
Structural Types
 - highrise
 - dome
Architectural Style
 - beaux arts
 - steel
 - gold
 - marble
 - granite

- Architect: Emile Bernard
- Engineering & Steel Structure: Milliken Steel

- On 1897-1898, as the part of the projects to celebrate the first centenary, The president realize a world competition for the new palace of the congress, finally it was gained by the French Architect E.Bernard, the project consider a principal room of meetings of the congress with a great dome covered with gold, big and luxurious areas of work and a great principal entry that had 8 caryatids in the classic Greek style, all columns of white marble with gold details.
- The construction begins in September 23th of 1910, but the war of revolution decrease the money available for this project, the construction was stopped in September 30th of 1911, the war ends seven years later and the steel structure still abandoned and exposed to corrosion, in 1921 works to adaptate the unfinished structure to receive the "Exposición Comercial Internacional del Centenario" includes the construction of columns of the lounges in Aztec style, they were designed for three floors of galleries, a cabaret and a theatre. This exhibition, by the private initiative, was spreading on an area of 15,000 square meters and was illuminated by 20,000 lamps but after the event still one more decade unused and exposed to corrosion, finally in 1932, a new project of renovation by Carlos Obregon Santacilia contemplates the demolition of all the structures except the main dome who was transformed into the memorial to the war of Revolution:

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