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The Palace of the Marqués del Apartado is the ten-year (1795-1805) work of Manuel Tolsá. One of the greatest late-18th-century works, today it faces the Templo Mayor site which was uncovered beginning only in the 1980s. At the corner of Calle de Donceles and República de Argentina, it’s likely one of the least-known of Tolsá’s works. It’s an astounding work for it age.
A work of strident Neo-classicism, the building has two facades on its respective streets, and three levels. Both facades are clad in quarried gray stone.
In 2005, the building came under the control of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH). It’s also they’re headquarters. This is fortunate. Multiple artifacts related to the Templo Mayor site have been found in and under the building. An unforgettable Cuauhxicalli (altar-piece) Eagle was discovered there in 1985 and is today in the INAH collection.