Monday, February 6, 2023

Reinforcement and Conservation

The National Lottery Building is a landmark located at a busy intersection along the Paseo de la Reforma.  The art deco building was begun in 1933 but not completed until 1946.  The construction was beset with problems because the subsoil was saturated with water.  In order to build a structure of its height, engineers had to dig a foundation reinforced with concrete 180 feet deep.  For a short time it was the tallest building in Mexico City. 

I passed by the building last week when I went downtown.  I noticed a sign covering the front entrance.  

The sign said that the building, which has served as the headquarters of the National Lottery for 76 years is undergoing "reinforcement and conservation" due to damage suffered in the 2017 earthquake.  The project will last several months, and the historical and architectural value of the building will be maintained following the recommendations of the National Institute of Fine Arts.

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