The magnificent building was originally constructed for an exclusive department store, La Ciudad de México (Mexico City) that brought “clothes and luxury items from the old continent”. The department store was owned Lions Hermanos Company, and no expenses were spared to bring the art nouveau iron structures from France from the Parisian firm of Schwartz & Meurer. The building was modeled after the Parisian department store Samaritaine, with its exposed steel structure clad in stone, tall windows and a sober vegetable-motif decoration. Inaugurated in 1910, the building was constructed between the administration of President Porfirio Díaz and the ideals of the Mexican Revolution; however, at the beginning of the 20th century it was always referred to as the most modern building in the city. Later, in 1925, the department store was acquired by the owners of another Mexican department store, Fábricas de Francia, and became a famous landmark for Puebla and its society.
Universidad de las Américas, Puebla offers a rich cultural program of music, dance, theater, film, literature and arts to connect Puebla society with the artistic offerings of our students, alumni, professors and featured artists. The Mary Street Jenkins Foundation generously bestowed this magnificent building to UDLAP. An UDLAP presence in the heart of Puebla, the Art Chapel is a space to enjoy art and culture.
Address: 2 Norte # 6 (historic downtown Puebla)
Open: Tuesday through Sunday, from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Telephone: +52 (222) 242-2802