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Torre Latinoamericana

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Official name Torre Latinoamericana
Emporis Building Number 113531
Address *
Postcode *
Borough Cuauhtémoc
City Mexico City
State Distrito Federal
Country Mexico
Technical Data
Height (tip) *
Height (struct.) 182 m 597 ft
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Floors (OG) 44
Construction start *
Construction end 1956
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Building in General
Type of construction high-rise building
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Status completed

- 361 pylons bear 12,000 tons of the building's total weight. The other 13,000 tons are supported by the water contained in the underlying clay.
- At the time of completion, this was the tallest building in Latin America.
- Torre Latinoamericana is a member of the World Federation of Great Towers.
- After surviving the earthquake in 1957, the tower was awarded the American Association of Construction and Engineering Prize.
- The elevators are operated manually by building staff.
- The name of the building has its origin in the name of an insuring company, La Latinoamericana Seguros. They both own and continue to work in the tower.
- The building is part of the restoration of the historical center zone.
- The northwest zone of the convent of San Francisco was once headquartered at this location.
- The top three floors contain the second tallest public observatory in the city. An aquarium is also part of the structure.
- The tower was inaugurated on 13th April 1956.
- For several years there was a digital clock in the upper floors that indicated even tenths of a second.
- This building, the oldest skyscraper in Mexico, represents the beginning of Mexico City's modern era.
- When completed, it was ranked the 45th tallest building in the world.

Companies involved in this Building*
architect: Augusto H. Álvarez

Other firms: La Latinoamericana Seguros S.A. de C.V., YPASA, Corporación HCR.

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