Unlike many old buildings which have deteriorated or been abandoned, this grand structure has been under restoration for at least a year. I have often wondered about its history.
A block away is this colonial palace.
This building known as the Casa Boker was built in 1900.
Roberto Boker was a German-born entrepreneur who eventually established his import-export business in Mexico City. A portion of this building is still a hardware store owned by Boker's descendants, and part of it is rented out to Sanborns, the Mexican restaurant chain.
Another block up the street is this ornate building, the Casino Español, which was built in 1903.
It began as a social center for the Spanish community in Mexico City, and is now an elegant Spanish restaurant.
The last building on our tour is this church which is on the corner of Isabel la Católica and Madero, the pedestrianized street which is the heart of the Centro Histórico.
The Baroque main altar was replaced in 1800 with a neo-classical design created by Manuel Tolsá, the Spanish-born architect, sculptor and engineer who left his mark upon the city during the late colonial period.