Third stage of repairs begins at Palacio Cantón

Restoration work continues at Palacio Cantón. Photo: Courtesy
Restoration work continues on the grand mansard roofs of the Palacio Cantón in 2016. Photo: Courtesy

Mérida, Yucatán — During the months of April and May, the National Institute of Anthropology and History, or INAH, will continue conservation work at Palacio Cantón.

According to an official statement, the remodeling is part of the Integral Conservation and Restoration Project of the emblematic building that presides over the Paseo de Montejo.

See our story about previous renovations at the historic palace.

 

The project began at the end of 2014 with the restoration and rehabilitation of all areas of the attic, terraces and mansard. The second stage, in 2016, focused on the original decorative paintings on the walls, and on plasterwork.

This year’s work will focus on the vaults and decorative elements found in the rooms that run through the north wing of the building’s ground floor.

All processes will be carried out with specialized labor, officials said.

Open to the public as a museum, the grand Porfiriato mansion was finished in 1911, built with materials brought from France, Italy and Germany, and designed by Enrico Deserti with sculptures by Michele Giacomino materials.

The Beaux-Arts-style building was originally the home of General Francisco Cantón Rosado, a former state governor until his death in 1917.

The museum is open while work progresses, from Tuesday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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