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Mexico Park 
Colonia Condesa / Images of Colonia Condesa / Other attractions

Neighborhood: Colonia Condesa
Address: Michoacán corner México Avenue
Metro: Chilpancingo 
 

The Mexico Park, also known as San Martín Park, is one of the most famous and beautiful in Mexico City, place in which Art Deco style architecture and nature come together to create a wonderful scenery.

The Mexico Park was created by the architect José Luis Cuevas as an integral part of the urban design of the Hipódromo district in 1926. This park would later become the center of said district, whose distribution was inspired by the old racetrack that used to be there as well as the ‘Garden City’ principles, which demanded several green areas in the new neighborhoods. This is why this district has an elliptic shape, unique in the city, in which centre lies this park, full of fountains, waterfalls, ponds and even a lake on which swans can be seen swimming.

The architecture of this park is of special importance, it was designed by the architect Leonardo Noriega and the engineer Javier Stávoli, who highlighted the different sections of the park by using monumental elements and taking care of every Art Deco style detail. The most outstanding section is the Lindbergh Outdoor Theater, which is composed of 5 monumental pillars topped off by a marquee and surrounded by a pergola that originates in a beautiful fountain and culminates on a stage, which apart from the columns mentioned before, has two elegant carvings referring to dramatic art which were created by the sculptor Roberto Montenegro. Another element that stands out is a clock tower, which is also executed in Art Deco style, and has beautiful iron work and peculiar bells that mark the time.

This pleasant park is the centre of the area of La Condesa and is surrounded by important examples of Mexican architecture of the 1920’s, like the San Martín Building or the Mexico Building. The park also hosts several cultural activities and neighborhood meetings, and is a rendezvous in one of the hippest areas in town.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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