Torre Cuscatlán

El Salvador San Salvador Citibank
Tower Cuscatlán
Tower Democracy
Torre citi slv.jpg
Former namesTower Democracy, Tower Citi
Alternative namesTorre Citi
General information
StatusComplete
LocationSan Salvador Flag.png San Salvador
 El Salvador
Construction started1988
Completed1989
Owner Bank Cuscatlán
Management Bank Cuscatlán
Height
Roof79 m (259 ft)
Technical details
Floor count19
Lifts/elevators3
Design and construction
ArchitectRicardo Jiménez Castillo
Structural engineerFredy Herrera Coello
Main contractorBolivar Group

Torre Cuscatlán (Cuscatlán Tower in English; formerly known as Torre Democracia or Tower of Democracy) is one of the tallest buildings in San Salvador, El Salvador. Finished in 1989, it is 79 meters high and has 19 floors. Ricardo Jiménez Castillo, who is considered one of the most representative architects of El Salvador, was in charge of the building's design. It is influenced by modern style, using a complete glass cladding for the exterior. The main characteristic of its design are the 3 setbacks covered with plants that run along the height of the building. The materials used to construct the tower were aluminum, reinforced concrete and glass. Some people believe that the tower was inspired by Willis Tower in Chicago, United States, but there is no data to confirm this.

The building was the tallest one of the country, despite a new high-end apartment and penthouse complex under construction in the northern section of San Salvador, 105 Torres Campestre, which was constructed in 2008 and is 73.25 meters high. However, the Torre Cuscatlán has lost its title to Tower Pedregal, two luxury condominium towers, which are 110 meters tall.

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2016 was once again called Torre Cuscatlán, when the name of Banco Cuscatlán was renamed in the hands of Grupo Terra of Honduran origin. Financial Investments Imperia Cuscatlán, which is a subsidiary of Grupo Terra, was responsible for the acquisition of Citigroup shares.

Guerrilla Damage

The building was a main target during the Salvadoran Civil War (1980-1992). The guerilla (FMLN) tried to topple it on various occasions[citation needed], but only achieved to shatter most of its glass-covered surface.

Coordinates: 13°42′30.73″N 89°14′27.56″W / 13.7085361°N 89.2409889°W / 13.7085361; -89.2409889