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Old October 22nd, 2015, 08:31 PM   #2481
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Venezuela.
Revitalizations in Carabobo's state.

Iturriza's Palace.



The "Quinta Isabela", known as Palacio de los Iturriza (Iturriza's Palace in English) is an architectonic masterpiece located in the old neighborhood of Camoruco Viejo, who shared space with the little square Girardot (currently "Miranda Square") its first years of youth. Luis Castrillo Jiménez tells its story as the heir and restaurator of this imponent place, that represents a reduced scale of a Welsh palace, unique in its style in America.

Castrillo explains that La Isabela, certainly, does not respond to an unique style of architecture, but many. In it predominates the verticality; the external decoration follows the eclectic style but it also has neoclassical lines, baroque decorations and it remembers sometimes, somehow, the romantic medieval castles. Its internal decoration is, by other hand, modest. Of low pretensions.

Its construction was slow, step by step, detail by detail. The majority of the ornamentation materials were arriving by boat in our port, coming from Europe, to be placed carefully in the proper places and to give a touch of enhancement to its style. Its construction was trusted to a great architect really known by that time: Francisco Fernández Paz, who chose every piece in France for this beautiful little palace.

Mr. Juan Miguel Iturriza ordered its construction to be his palace for the weekends and to party, in times, with his wife Lady Elodia and their children; in the shores of a clean and noisy Cabriales. The authentic name of this place is "Quinta La Isabela", which can be read in the central ridgepole in honor of Juan Manuel's mother, Lady Isabela. His daughter was named the same.

Its construction ended in August of 1887. Later, after the death of Mr. Juan Manuel Iturriza, this little palace was deteriorating for the abandonment and the lack of maintenance. Its family no longer visit it, and in 1935 Lady Elodia decided to put it in sale, but because of its state, selling it was difficult: Its roof, floors and walls were in total wear. It was then when Mr. Manuel Vicente Castrillo Paz, friend of the Iturriza family, bought it, starting to work very minuciously in its recuperation. It wasn't easy, considering its architecture. Its floors and stairs of wood were made again, just as its roof. They were totally removed and copied in zinc molds, making them and punching them one by one. Repaired its doors and windows without losing the armony of its carving masterpieces, nor the colour of its vitraux, walls, friezes, floors, just as the wood pillars and the farriery that were reconstructed copying its original designs or replacing them by new. The murals made by the famous painter Arturo Michelena couldn't be recuperated, since the damage was total and then recovered with oil painting.

After concluded the restauration works, it started to be used by the Castrillo's family for the weekends, until mids of the 50's, when they decided to moved permanently. Round the year of 1953, they donated part of the long terrains to the municipality, letting the construction of the Kerdell street and, by one of the sides, the avenue of penetration to the highway. They lived there until 1965, when Mr. Manuel Castrillo died, and his wife, affected by his death and reminding him in every corner of the house, decides to move.

Its extense terrain was rented, but not the house, until by family's consensus decision it was sold in the year of 1976 to an italian consortium, who made a project of an office development, that was denied by the municipal council to avoid the destruction of this masterpiece. This consortium sells it to an italian investment group and they to another in Caracas. It was then when started, one more time, its wear.



On February 2th of 1981 the Quinta La Isabela was declared as National Historic Landmark by the protector board of the Historical and Artistic Patrimony of the nation, which stopped its demolition.

With the latent impairment that suffered this architectonic jewel in March 25th of 1991, under the administration of the Governor Henrique Salas Römer, it's declared a place of public and social utility, announcing what would become in Museum of the City, with other properties that were later integrated in the museum circuit of the state.

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Old October 22nd, 2015, 09:10 PM   #2482
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Venezuela.
Revitalizations in Carabobo's state.

Villavicencio's Palace

In the nearings of Puerto Cabello and inside the National Park of San Esteban is located a town that reminds to a little and prosper european town with palaces with elaborated façades and big yards. Inhere, the danish Julio Stürup made his home in 1884. The architect in charge was Luis Muñoz Tebar, who made this little palace following the neoclassical and neobaroque styles, characteristic of that time. It was long time abandoned, until the year of 1992, when it became the Eco-Museum Villavicencio by order of Salas Römer, and named by that in honor of who later would become the owner of this place in the early XX century: The General Vicencio Pérez Soto, governor of the Puerto Cabello's Square.

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Inside the house
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Old October 22nd, 2015, 10:05 PM   #2483
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Venezuela.
Revitalizations in Caracas.

Pasaje Linares/Linares Passage

This passage was built in 1891, and called since then "Pasaje Linares" (Linares Passage in English) in reminder of its constructor, the merchant Juan Esteban Linares. It was one of the most important comercial passages of the city during the late XIX century and early XX century, and it represents an urbanistic innovation for intervening the structure of the colonial square.

It's conformed by two structures of three stories each, located in both sides of the passage or alley that comunicated tje square and the market of San Jacinto. Despite the intervention in the façades of one of its buildings, it still represents the european influence.

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And its neighbour, the "León de Oro" hotel, also refurbished.
(This photo is before the complete refurbishment of the Linares Passage)

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Old October 22nd, 2015, 10:49 PM   #2484
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Fabulous examples from Venezuela, great sensible work! And a shiny presentation by you Vaklston, cheers to that.
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Old October 22nd, 2015, 11:30 PM   #2485
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Thank you very much, erbse .

Venezuela.
Revitalizations in Caracas.

Theatre "Principal"

The Teatro Principal de Caracas (or Caracas's Principal Theatre in English) is a space dedicated to the representation of operas, musical and cultural shows, and plays. It's located in the historical center of Caracas, specificly in the surroundings of the Bolívar Square. It was inaugurated in April 18th of 1931, being designed by Gustavo Wallis Legórburu. In its time it was the first building in Venezuela to count with steel frame, front balconies and an acoustic treatment in the walls. It was also the second movie theater in the capital city with 760 armchairs for the public.

In May of 1935 the legendary Carlos Gardel gave a presentation in this theater, offering one of his last performances, since he died one month later, on June 24th in Medellin (Colombia). Since then, this place is known for the caraquenians as one simbolic place of tango and theater. In the year of 1990 it became a mexican movie theater, but in the year of 2000 the theater closed and started to deteriorate. Later, in 2003, it suffered a fire, and it remained abandoned until 2011, the moment of its refurbishment in honor of the bicentennial of the Venezuela's independence.

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Old October 22nd, 2015, 11:45 PM   #2486
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Speaking of Caracas, is there any work being done on the Torre David? Something was supposed to happen there
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Old October 23rd, 2015, 12:14 AM   #2487
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Old October 23rd, 2015, 12:18 AM   #2488
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Speaking of Caracas, is there any work being done on the Torre David? Something was supposed to happen there
The last thing they did was to dislodge all the people that lived inthere, and to demolish some of the structures that that people did during their residency there.

The Chief of Government of the Capital said:

"We are planning the construction of a boulevard that passes through this two buildings (Torre David and Sambil La Candelaria). It's going to have spaces to recreation and to cultural development... We're studying to put the Telesur's headquarter inthere, aswell as a police department and hotels. It's going to have multiple uses (...)"

But it seems to be paralyzed, honestly.
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Old October 23rd, 2015, 02:42 AM   #2489
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It's a "revitalization" of that place.
Originally, that building was just a filling station (or gas station) with a disco in the first floor. Later -for decades-, it was kind of abandoned. Not much to restore.
I think it's a way better now.
I now, but they could preserve the original art deco lines with out problem, or the original handrails, but they thought it was better to modernise

they didn't respect the size of the windows or the moldings (that in art deco are so simple!)
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Wtf with "before"!!? Beautiful building now
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THIS IS WONDERFUL!!!!!
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Now we can clearly see how this new owner painted his part of the shop, too bad he didn't take those AC units from the facade... Keep us updated about this non-revitalized shop on the right because he might choose some completely different color some day and that would ruin the effect
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