Casa Klumb: an issue of preservation and education

Authors

  • Santiago Gala Puerto Rico State Conservation Office
  • Ivonne María Marcial Vega University of Turabo image/svg+xml

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.52200/64.A.W41GSZXG

Keywords:

Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing

Abstract

Early on the morning of November 11, 2020, we woke to news of the “fire that destroyed the Klumb House.” The somber story that detailed the complete erasure of the emblematic structure, under the custody of the administration of the University of Puerto Rico, at the express wish of the architect Henry Klumb, went viral and broke the Internet. The newspaper columns proliferated with a wide range of views on the issue. Leaving the essential question: Why did this happen?

How to Cite

Gala, S., & Vega, I. M. M. (2021). Casa Klumb: an issue of preservation and education. Docomomo Journal, (64), 88. https://doi.org/10.52200/64.A.W41GSZXG

Published

2021-04-01

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Section

Heritage in danger

Author Biographies

Santiago Gala, Puerto Rico State Conservation Office

(San Juan, Puerto Rico 1973) Bachelor in Environmental Design and Master in Architecture from the University of Puerto Rico. He has taught at the Universidad del Turabo and works at the Puerto Rico State Conservation Office. Vice-president of doco- momo Puerto Rico, he is also known for his work in archeology, the discover and rescue of the hidden tiles from the El Monte Sur Building. Through educating an entire neighboring community, he undertook the task of rescuing the original completion of the entrance hall of this condominium.

Ivonne María Marcial Vega, University of Turabo

(San Juan, Puerto Rico,1960) Bachelor in Environmental Design and Master in Architecture from the University of Puerto Rico. She has been a professor for 26 years in Universidad Politécnica de Puerto Rico, Escuelas de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico and Universidad del Turabo. Through her experience being part of a group that worked to avoid the demolition of El Hotel La Concha in San Juan, she became interested in the pres- ervation through education, therefore founded doco- momo Puerto Rico in 2006. She is the editor of the sole architecture guide in Puerto Rico, Acceso a lo moderno 1.