Our starting point is Diego Rivera’s famous Mural Museum. “Dream on a Sunday Afternoon in the Alameda Park” was originally commissioned to decorate the walls of the Del Prado Hotel located across the street. The fresco was evacuated from the building, which was demolished after severe damage from the 1985 earthquake (the downtown Hilton Hotel was built on that site decades later).
From there, we will head over to the National Lottery Building, an exemplary art deco building, stopping at Sebastian’s contemporary rendition of “El Caballito” and Felguerez’s “Door to 1808” sculptures along the way. The Lottery Building is as impressive inside as it is outside. Once the tallest building in the city, El Moro, as it is nicknamed, remains coherent with impeccable interior design in keeping with the predominant, fashionable style of the 30s. A burst of modern murals have recently been added to its vestibule area, narrating the history of the lottery in Mexico.
Our last stop will be the Monument to the Revolution, a mausoleum honoring the heroes of Mexico’s revolutionary movement. This structure was originally earmarked to be the Legislative Palace but the project was left unfinished after the Revolution broke out. It was eventually repurposed into a mausoleum and the Museum of the Revolution, containing a modern explanation of this complex period of Mexican history. The city government spruced up the site in 2010 for the bicentennial festivities, installing a panoramic elevator allowing visitors easy access to the observatory for an impressive bird’s eye view of the city. Although frequently adopted by protesters given its expansive esplanade with easy access, the site remains an impressive landmark of the city, and the museum is well worth visiting.
This walking tour will last approximately 3 hours.