Palacio Municipal, Matamoros, 1958 Arq. Mario Pani y Arq. Domingo García Ramos

An even more impressive demonstration of Mexican cultural centralization involved modern city plans—planes reguladores—that one of the leading Mexican architects of the mid-century period, Mario Pani—seen here in the new Palacio Municipal in Matamoros—prepared for the border cities of Matamoros, Piedras Negras, and Ciudad Juárez in 1958 under the auspices of another state ministry, the Secretaría de Patrimonio Nacional.

 This building does not look like this anymore

 

Photo and Text by Stephen Fox

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