According to Irving Berlin, INAH must evaluate any change in “Casa de Montejo”

Casa de Montejo, Mërida, Yuc. (Photo: MEL)

The Mérida City Council Culture Department Director stressed that the building, now for sale, is a cultural heritage of the city

(MERIDA, YUC., – CULTURE).- As has been pointed out, Casa de Montejo -located in the Historic Center of Mérida- would be among the properties included with the sale of the Citibanamex bank. In this regard, this Monday the 17th, the director of Culture of the city council said that any change in its elements should be evaluated by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).

Irving Berlin Villafaña recalled that the building is the cultural heritage of the city: “We are talking about the foundations of Mérida,” he stated in an interview.

The municipal official claimed to be unaware of the criteria for the sale of the Casa de Montejo and the cost that a property of this nature may have.

“Of course, in contemporary times where money has imposed its reals, the building ended up being in the hands of a private entity like Citibanamex; and now they, as legitimate owners, have the right to sell it”, he acknowledged.

In this sense, he reiterated the importance of maintaining the historical vocation of the House. He pointed out that one of the things that the bank should be thankful for, is that although it is true that he used a part of the building; It is also true that he kept it as a museum, with which even the Culture Department of the commune has participated.

When questioned about a possible purchase by the Merida city council, Berlin Villafaña clarified that it is a matter that exceeds the dependency in charge of him.

Personally, he believed that the council’s funds would not be sufficient to purchase a building of this type. However, he stressed, it is not up to him to address that issue.

 

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