Alliance Française offers tour of art deco in Barrio México

Barrio México: Click for larger image

Mention Barrio México to an expat, and they are likely to draw a blank. Someone who has lived here awhile might shudder, thinking that barrio is what the police call conflictivo.

Barrio México was settled in part by refugees from the 1910 Cartago earthquake. It is in north San José just south of the Museo de los Niños. The dominant feature is the dome of the Iglesia de la Santisima Trinidad.

For Alliance Française the barrio also is one featuring art deco structures. That is why Alliance is planning a visit to the area with the help of architect Andréss Fernåndez. The tour is Saturday at 9 a.m. The 15,000 colons admission includes the tour, discussions and brunch. That is about $30.

“Art deco runs through the veins of Barrio México,” said Alliance in a release. Of course, Art Deco was in vogue at the same time that the earthquake survivors were building new lives in the barrio, the early part of the 20th century.

The tour includes the wandering street aptly named Paseo de la Vaca and viewing the Botica Solera and the Escuela República de Argentina Tickets are available at the three Alliance locations: Barrio Amón, La Sabana and Heredia. The starting point of the tour is the restaurant Aquí es TISTA on Avenida 11 at Calle 20.

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