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Old Posted Dec 1, 2009, 8:03 AM
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Thumbs up MEXICO CITY | Torre Latinoamericana | 545 FT / 166 M | 46 FLOORS | 1956

Looming over the Bellas Artes and the Alameda district of Mexico City, the Torre Latinoamericana immediately created a lasting skyline image and stood in 1956 as one of the tallest structures in the world outside New York City.

While it has long since been eclipsed, the tower is still the 4th tallest building in the city and anchors the eastern end of the Reforma.

The tower has a very similar form and massing to the Empire State Building, but is built with an all glass curtain wall. There is a multi-level observation deck on the top floors which IIRC was free (including access to the roof). I actually found it odd at the time that you take the same elevators to the deck as the office workers on the lower floors.

The building has aged quite well and has been renovated several times.









piss poor drunken point-n-shoot night shot...




giving the Bellas Artes a little shade...


the spire is open to the observation deck (though not accessible), the only tower I can remember being like this...


provides a great view down the Reforma...


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