Museo Casa Armstrong Poventud, Ponce

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Residencia Armstrong-Poventud is a historic building located in the Ponce Historic Zone in Ponce, Puerto Rico, across from the Catedral Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. The construction of this home set the stage for the construction of other homes of similar architectural elements, character and opulence in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Ponce. The architectural style is collectively known as Ponce Creole. The home was designed and built by Manuel Víctor Domenech for the Armstrong-Poventud family. It is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places as the Armstrong-Toro House, and is also known as the Casa de las Cariatides. In 1991, the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña turned the house into a museum, which it manages.Construction dateThe Institute of Puerto Rican Culture (ICP) and the Puerto Rico Office of Historical Preservation have determined that the house was built in 1899. The American Architect and Building News magazine, on the front cover of its January 25, 1899, issue published the design of the Residencia Armstrong-Poventud. The Residencia was inaugurated fully as a museum by the ICP in October 2008. Prior to 2008, and starting in 1991, visitors were allowed to tour the house while it concurrently served as the Southern headquarters of the Institute. The Institute operates a small but diverse store in a wing of the museum.
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  • this is a renovated turn of the century house of an distinguished family it gives insight at to living in that period really was  more »
  • Beautiful home, knowledgeable staff offer a great personal (and FREE)tour. Take the time to see this gem facing the cathedral.  more »
  • When they finish the restoring the place then I will give them a 5 star, but still a fabulous house.
  • Awesome place to visit. Probably one of the most beautiful houses I've had the priviledge to see on the island. It really gives an interesting look on the unique culture of Ponce. The owner of the house was a wealthy baker who founded the Bank of Ponce, and by seeing his house you can get an interesting peek at the life of the Ponce elite of the time. How this culture, composed of entrepreneurial immigrants from Europe, built a distinct culture and city that forms an integral part of PR history. Seeing the house reminds you of the culture and values of these people (both good and bad), and reminds us of our complex heritage. Gave it 4 stars because the second floor hardly has furnishing, so its less interesting. Still worth visiting, though! Tour guide was nice and well informed, and the house has a pretty nice bookshop with Puerto Rican books that are honestly pretty hard to find, so that was a nice surprise. Please go visit, especially if you are from Ponce!

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