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The Picó Pomar Residence

Photo courtesy of the Puerto Rico Office of Historic Preservation
Photo courtesy of the Puerto Rico Office of Historic Preservation
     Built in 1840 for José Pomar, a wealthy merchant from Mallorca, Spain, the Picó Pomar Residence represents the austerity and elegance of the Spanish neoclassical style. During the second half of the 19th century, it functioned as one of Puerto Rico's most active and important import-export centers. With store and storage space at ground level and residence quarters above, the building follows 19th-century Spanish urban tradition. During the Spanish-American War the house was occupied by Lt. Col. Rafael Martínez Illescas of the Spanish army, who was killed in the conflict, and later by U.S. General James Harrison Wilson (1837-1925). The property and its contents were purchased by Coamo's Municipal Government and turned into a museum.
     
     Picó Pomar Residence, also called the Coamo Historic Museum, is located at the corner of Mario Braschi and José Quinton sts. in the city of Coamo, Puerto Rico. Call 787-825-1150 ext. 206 for more information.
     

Historical photos of Puerto Rico 3Library of the US Congress
   From the Library of the US Congress - time period unknown.
  
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Historical photos of Puerto Rico 2Library of the US Congress
   Historical photos of Puerto Rico from the Library of the US Congress - time period unknown.
  
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Historical photos of Puerto Rico 1Library of the US Congress
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View towards the Capitol of Puerto Rico from Fort San Cristobal, Puerta de Tierra behind the Capitol Click on photograph to enlarge
  
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Cathedral of San Juan BautistaThe Oldest Church in the Americas is in Old San Juan
   Oldest church building on US soil (extensive additions and renovations). The Cathedral has been on U.S. territory since Puerto Rico was annexed in 1898.
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Plaza PúblicaPhoto courtesy of the Puerto Rico Office of Historic Preservation
   The Emperor of Spain, Phillip II, decreed in 1576 that plazas in the "New World" colonies were to be created following his rigid requirements, namely that plazas were to be placed in the center of each settlement, with major government, commercial, residential and church buildings facing the plaza.
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Faro de Los Morillos de Cabo RojoPhoto courtesy of the Puerto Rico Office of Historic Preservation
   Located on an isolated point with white lime cliffs surrounded by lagoons and marshes, Cabo Rojo, built in 1882, marks the southeast entrance from the Caribbean Sea through Mona Passage into the Atlantic Ocean.
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The Parque de Bombas de Ponce (Old Ponce Fire Station)
   Built as the main exhibit pavilion for the 1882 Exhibition Trade Fair. Architect Lt. Col. Maximo Meana of the Spanish Army designed the pavillion; he later served as Ponce's mayor.
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The Centro Ceremonial IndigenaPhoto courtesy of the Puerto Rico Office of Historic Preservation
   Located in Tibes ward, close to the town of Ponce, is one of the largest and most important ceremonial sites in Puerto Rico. Archeological investigation and radiocarbon dating indicate that the site's major period of occupation was from 400 through 1000 AD. The site consists of several stone-lined courts/plazas shaded by native trees. The last inhabitants of the site are believed to have been Tainos.
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The Picó Pomar Residence Photo courtesy of the Puerto Rico Office of Historic Preservation
   Built in 1840 for José Pomar, a wealthy merchant from Mallorca, Spain, the Picó Pomar Residence represents the austerity and elegance of the Spanish neoclassical style.
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The Church of San Blas de Illescas The Church of San Blas de Illescas of Coamo: Photo courtesy of the Puerto Rico Office of Historic Preservation
   The church is separated from the open plaza below by a series of ceremonial steps and a delicate cast iron balustrade. Construction on the church began in 1661; it has since been judged one of the most important works of religious architecture in Puerto Rico.
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The Casa Natal de Luis Muñoz RiveraCasa Natal de Luis Muñoz Rivera: Photo courtesy of the Puerto Rico Office of Historic Preservation
   The birthplace of distinguished liberal politician, journalist, orator and writer Luis Muñoz Rivera in 1859. Luis Muñoz Rivera collaborated on such newspapers as El Pueblo, Clamor del País and El Buscapié; he also founded the newspaper La Democracia.
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The Arenas BridgeArenas Bridge: Photo from National Register collection
   The Arenas Bridge was the longest span built in Puerto Rico during the Spanish Colonial period. Designed by Mariano Sichar, who was then the District Engineer at Ponce, the 23,623 pound steel truss was built in 1894 by the prominent Belgian firm of Nicrisse and Decluve for 56,221 pesos.
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San Juan National Historic SitePhoto courtesy of Historic American Buildings Survey: Jack Boucher, photographer
   Administered by the National Park Service, includes forts, bastions, powder houses, walls and El Cañuelo Fort, also called San Juan de la Cruz--defensive fortifications that once surrounded the old, colonial portion of San Juan.
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La FortalezaLa Fortaleza: Photo courtesy of the Puerto Rico Office of Historic Preservation
   La Fortaleza was the first fortification built in San Juan harbor. Constructed between 1533 and 1540, the original fort consisted of a circular tower and four massive stone walls.
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Casa CautiñoCasa Cautiño: Photo courtesy of the Puerto Rico Office of Historic Preservation
   Casa Cautiño's owner, Genaro Cautiño Vázquez, was a wealthy Guayama landowner as well as a colonel of the Volunteer Battalion of the Spanish Army. During the Spanish-Americn War, Casa Cautiño served as the headquarters for the American forces, and it was occupied by U.S. Brig. Gen. Frederick Dent Grant.
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Loiza parish's ParroquiaParroquia del Espíritu Santo: Photo courtesy of the Puerto Rico Office of Historic Preservation
   Loiza parish's Parroquia del Espíritu Santo y San Patricio represents an ethically distinct community characterized by a rich Afro-Hispanic cultural and folk craft tradition.
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Casa de España
   Puerto Rican architect Pedro de Castro designed the Casa de España building in 1932 for a privite civic and cultural organization composed of Spanish citizens living in Puerto Rico.
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El Capitolio de Puerto Rico
   For Puerto Ricans, El Capitolio de Puerto Rico stands as a powerful symbol of self-government. Former resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico Luis Muñoz Rivera promoted the idea of constructing a capitol building as early as 1907; later he was the prime mover in seeking the capitol building's construction between 1925 and 1929.
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Polvorín de San GerónimoPolvorín de San Gerónimo: Photo from National Register collection
   The Polvorín de San Gerónimo (San Geronimo Powderhouse) is one of four gunpowder and ammunition storage buildings the Spanish built in the 18th century as part of San Juan's defensive system.
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