MEXICO CITY - BNOP : MEXICO

*Location:

   Torre Insignia
   (ex Banco Nacional de Obras
   y Servicios Públicos (Banobras))
   Av.Insurgentes N
   Tlatelolco, Mexico City, Mexico
   LL: N 19.45467, W 99.15106
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*Carillonist:

   (none)
*Past carillonist:
   Profa. Yolanda Fernandez de Cordova

*Contact:

   Banobras
   Apartado Postal 20-236
   Col.San ˇngel, Deleg.ˇlvaro Obregón
   Mexico, D.F., C.P.01001
   T: (USA) 1-800-475-2393

*Schedule:

   (Disused)

*Remarks:

   5 basses below the playing cabin.
   2007: BANOBRAS, a Mexican Government
   bank, was forced by financial problems
   to vacate the building; since then it
   has remained vacant and deteriorating,
   and is no longer usable.
   Later reports say it was sold in 2007
   to Cushman & Wakefield and was being
   renovated, but that is unconfirmed.

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 47 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is G  in the bass octave
   Transposition is down 5 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range:     G C 42/    C G   
   There are two missing bass semitones
   The whole instrument was installed in 1963
     with bells made by Petit & Fritsen
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 1973
*Links:

The bank Website is no longer bilingual, and it has no information about the building which it formerly occupied, and which houses the carillon.

The English Wikipedia article about the tower says that it is currently unoccupied and being renovated.  Empty since 1985, it was sold in 2007 to Cushman & Wakefield.  Due to the deterioration and lack of maintenance the building is not usable now.

The tower has its own Wikimedia Commons category, with many photos from a variety of viewpoints.

The Emporis page about the building mentions the carillon, reporting that the larger bell in the carillon weighs 5 tons and is named Hidalgo.
Building photos from Emporis Buildings
(Also see our Emporis Advice.)

The Structurae page about this building has one photo taken from ground level, but almost no information other than that it is "in use" as an office building.

A tourism photo of the tower, with brief description, indicates that it was purchased by Cushman & Wakefield in 2008, and renovated in 2011.

Where this work lies in the sequence of output of the Petit & Fritsen bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

Ranking among all North American traditional carillons by weight.
Ranking among all North American traditional carillons by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all North American concert class carillons by year of completion.

Other concert carillons with similar keyboard ranges.

The bass bell of this carillon is among all great bells in North America.

Index to all traditional carillons in Mexico/DF.
Index to all tower bell instruments in Mexico/DF.

*Status:
   This page was built from the database on 27-Apr-20
   based on textual data last updated on 2020/04/22
   and on technical data last updated on 1976/12/31
*Photos:

(none available)

Explanations of page format and keyboard range are available.

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