The Palacio de Correos de Mexico is one of the most interesting historical buildings in Mexico City. Since it was built in the early 20th century, it has undergone several renovations and redesigning. It is also known as “Correo Mayor” (Main Post Office).
It is located at Eje Central (Lazaro Cardenas), Mexico City’s historical center. This is close to the Palacio de Bellas Artes.
What to See
The construction and layout was very contemporary when it was built. Visitors to the place will definitely want to check the grand stairway. The elaborate interior is also something that will catch the eye of those visiting the building. Of particular interest are the old style elevators. There are also postal and naval museums on the upper floors.
In terms of design, the Palacio de Correos de Mexico is eclectic. There are elements of Venetian Gothic Revival, Elizabethan Gothic and Italian Renaissance Revival. There are also elements of Art Deco, Baroque and Neoclassical.
The metal works on the facade and the windows are polished brass. A unique architectural style is applied to each floor. However, the arches are repeated so there is a sense of unity the design. A large ironwork canopy is at the main entrance. There are Solomonic columns at the fourth floor.
In 1901, the government decided the General Direction of Mail should have its own building. The first stone was laid down on September 14, 1902. Construction lasted for five years. In 1907, the inauguration was conducted by then Mexican President Porfirio Diaz.
After it was built, the palace became known as Quinta Casa de Correos (Fifth House of Mail). It was so-called because it was the fifth edifice to contain postal services in the country.
Since it was opened in 1907, the building has been operating. In the 1950s, parts of the building were occupied by the Bank of Mexico. Following the 1985 Mexico City earthquake, the building was renovated.
Entry to the building is free.
On close inspection, you will see the palace has some plaster of paris and marble. The stone used is called chiluca, which is light and almost translucent. There are ornamental details on the walls such as iron dragon light fixtures.
The Palacio de Correos de Mexico is open Tuesdays to Fridays 10:00 am until 5:30 pm. On Saturdays and Sundays it is open from 10:00 am until 3:30 pm. It is closed on Mondays.