Casa Frissac Cultural Center

Reminiscent of the Porfiriato period, this cultural center is one of the zone’s most symbolic spaces and it offers very popular exhibits.

On the western side of the Plaza de la Constitución square stands this imposing residence from the end of the 19th century. Jesús Pliego Frissac, owner of the place and a rich landowner, ordered it be built. He was the local city council president in 1900. It was also the residence of President Adolfo López Mateos’ family and held the Lancaster School run by the Proyecto Bicultural Británico-Mexicano (British-Mexican Bicultural Project).

The inhabitants of Tlalpan remember this building as the place where the legendary bandit Chucho El Roto fell in love with Matilde Frissac, the niece of Diego Frissac. Others remember the scenes from the movie Los Olvidados (The Young and the Damned) by Luis Buñuel in which the main entrance makes an appearance, its brick arches and columns leading into the Escuela Granja (Farm School), which plays a part in Buñuel’s story.

In 1986, it was part of the Decreto de Zona de Monumentos (Zone of Monuments Decree). Fourteen years later, it was called the Instituto Javier Barros Sierra. And today, inside the eclectic Porfirian-style mansion, there is an art gallery and a series of additions hosting artistic workshops: dance, drawing, engraving, and printmaking are just part of the wide array of cultural offerings.




HOUSE OF CULTURE Frissac, Calle Moneda, Tlalpan Centro I, Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico

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