Colonia Nápoles

Colonial California house and World Trade Center in colonia Nápoles
Colonial California house in colonia Nápoles
Polyforum Cultural Siqueiros portraits of Mexican muralists

Colonia Nápoles is a colonia, is an officially recognized neighborhood in Benito Juárez borough, Mexico City, and one of the iconic Mid-Century neighborhoods of Mexico City along with Colonia Del Valle.

It is bordered by:[1]

Landmarks include the World Trade Center complex with offices, restaurants, cinemas and shopping, and the Polyforum Cultural Siqueiros, a performing arts center designed and painted by David Alfaro Siqueiros one of the most important muralists and painter in Mexico.

One of the original developments here in the late 1930s was Parque de la Lama, designed by Raúl Basurto, one of the principal architects of many of the new residential areas like Polanco, a section of Roma or Del Valle, Hipódromo and others. The neighborhood was one of the most important spots for new modern architects as Vladimir Kaspé or young Pedro Ramírez Vázquez new buildings. Also in a section of the neighborhoods, in the 40´s, the covenant required buyers to build single-family houses in a historic style called "Colonial California",[2] (a Mexican term for the California style of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture). Many houses of this style can still be seen in Nápoles. Sample of the architecture in Mid-century modern style, is the house designed in 1946 for the recognized architect Vladimir Kaspé in the corner of the streets of Dakota and Nueva Jersey. La Nápoles and La del Valle are the most iconic mid-century neighborhoods in the city. More recently, contemporary apartment buildings have been built as infill, some by Javier Sánchez.

The neighborhood has the Parque Alameda Nápoles (Alfonso Esparza Oteo), a 22,593-square-metre (5.6-acre) park.[3]

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