1 Barrio Cívico
Carlos Vera Mandujano, architect.
Alameda / Paseo Bulnes, Santiago.
One of the most aggressive urban interventions in Chilean urban history, the “civic quartier” was conceived to create a dignifying setting for the palace of La Moneda, concentrating all the ministries and public offices in an administratvive neighborhood. The original project consisted of the so-called civic box, surrounding the palace, and the Bulnes street, lined with buildings designed on a strict design code to assure homogeneity, at which end it would stand the new building for the National Congress (never built). Since the 1973 coup, many facades showed for years the impacts of the bullets shot during what would be called “the battle for La Moneda”.