Tiffany Stained Glass Ceiling in Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico
This building came into being as the “Mercantile Center” in 1899 or Trade Center for Mexico early on by architect Daniel Garza.
Following the method of Chicago, a form of construction in which the strength of the iron grillwork with combined concrete, the building was intended later to become a department store, a concept that for those dates did not exist yet. It was the first was department stores in Mexico City. This project was really ambitiously risky, because it planned to position the Trade Center Mexico as the largest “mall” in America. And at the time it was, it was even above existing US stores and Canada.
To achieve this goal, Porfirio Diaz, the current president of that time, requested that the Trade Center was was the first landmark building in the city with an Art Nouveau structure.
That department store came to cause a stir among visitors thanks to the incredible diversity of items, because it was inhabited by the most important commercial houses of the time, as well as its elegance of ornamental elements -such as lobby- elevators. Among the most emblematic pieces of this place was the flamboyant stained glass Tiffany, by Jaques Grubert, brought to the country in 1908 to captivate the attention of everyone who came for the first time. In fact stained glass became Cultural Heritage of the Nation to be considered as a work of art by the National Institute of Fine Arts, and one of the four largest that exist throughout the world, others are in Paris and St. Petersburg .
Parts of this building date from the 18th century, but was completely renovated by architect Rafael Goyeneche in 1925 and most of the interior dates from that year. It then became a hotel and The Hotel Majestic itself opened in 1937.
Gran Hotel Ciudad de México, Mexico City por Timothy Neesam Por Flickr: One of the nicer hotels we’ve stayed in. This building was originally built as a trading store in 1909 a 19th century department store built by Sebastian Roberts (whose initials adorn the centres of the railings), was closed between 2003-2005 and then reopened as a hotel, at a cost of 25 million dollars. The Tiffany stained glass ceiling dates back to 1908.
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stained-glass ceiling of the Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico. This
1899 upmarket department store with a soaring Tiffany stained-glass ceiling in
the lobby was transformed into a luxury hotel in anticipation of the 1968
Olympic Games. The ceiling, which evokes the country’s Mesoamerican heritage
with a lively palette of turquoise and gold, was designed by French artisan
Jacques Gruber and also features a Louis XV–style chandelier. Photograph: Robert
Harding Picture Library Ltd/Alamy, source: lifebuzz.com and architecturaldigest.com.