Edifício Alexandre Mackenzie (EN)

Opened in 1929, it’s a rare example of the Beaux-Arts American architecture in Brazil. It was designed by William Preston Proctor to host the Canadian-based São Paulo Tramway, Light and Power Company, one of the most influential urban development companies in São Paulo, which operated in the power generation and distribution, and tram-based transport system. Since 1999, it is home to Shopping Light mall.

Curiosities:

– The building bore the name of the president of “The São Paulo Tramway Light and Power” at the time of its construction.

– The company “The São Paulo Tramway Light and Power” became popularly known as Light. Thus the name given to the mall that operates in the site today.

– All the blacksmith and wood work of the building was executed by the renowned Liceu de Artes e Ofícios de São Paulo [São Paulo School of Arts and Crafts].

– The building underwent an expansion in 1941.

– Edifício Alexandre Mackenzie [Alexandre MacKenzie Building] is part of the ‘Architecture in Downtown’ thematic itinerary. For further information, access www.cidadedesaopaulo.com or seek the nearest Tourist Information Center.

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Address: Rua Coronel Xavier de Toledo, 23 – República.

Openinig hours: open for visits from Monday thru Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; and on Sundays and holidays, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Open to the public.

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