The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) reported that on Sunday, June 4, 2023, anthropologist Diego Prieto Hernández, General Director of INAH, along with Javier May, General Director of the National Fund for Tourism Promotion (Fonatur), and Arturo Chab Cárdenas, Director of INAH Yucatán, supervised the progress of the restoration of the Ateneo Peninsular in the city of Mérida.
The rehabilitation of the building, located on 60th Street between 63rd and 61st Streets in the historic center of the Yucatecan capital, is part of the complementary works of the priority project Tren Maya, which is being carried out in the southeastern region of the country.
During the inspection of the works, the INAH officials were able to verify the completion of the first phase, which involved the rehabilitation of the ground floor of the building.
These initial works included the demolition of non-historic additions to the property, the removal of false ceilings, and the replacement of damaged floors and finishes.
Furthermore, during the visit to the building, they toured the rooms that will house the archaeological and historical pieces recovered during the archaeological works of the Tren Maya in southeastern Mexico.
The objective is to convert the site into a Regional Cultural Center, which will house a museum where part of the archaeological pieces safeguarded by INAH during the railway project will be exhibited.