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Antonin Nechodoma was born in Prague (then part of Bohemia) in 1877. In 1887, Nechodoma's family emigrated to Chicago where he worked as a contractor. In 1905, Nechodoma, already an architect, arrived in Puerto Rico after working for a short period in Florida. In Puerto Rico (1905-1928), Nechodoma became one of the most prominent architects in the Caribbean. His work included private and public buildings: banks, schools, markets, churches and houses. His practice extended to the Dominican Republic where he built the main 'glorieta' in the Parque Independencia in Santo Domingo and the Market in San Pedro de Macoris.
Nechodoma's work has been surrounded by controversy. His architectural style varied widely, from Neo-Classical Style for public school buildings, Gothic and Mission Style for his churches and Prairie Style in his houses. The most controversial aspect of Nechodoma's work has been his plagiarism of Frank Lloyd Wright's residential work. Architectural historians Jorge Rigau[1], Enrique Vivoni Farage[2], and Nechodoma's biographer, Thomas Marvel[3] have discussed extensively Nechodoma's direct use of Wright's Wasmuth Portfolio as a reference for his residential work in Puerto Rico.
Despite the controversy, Nechodoma made significant contributions to the architecture of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. His integration of arts and crafts motifs to his architecture, ranging from furniture design, ironwork, stained glass, and mosaics, had an enormous influence in the Caribbean architecture of the early 20th century. His prolific production left a wealth of first class public buildings in both the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, notable because of their technical innovations and their contribution toward forming a language of tropical architecture in the Caribbean. Nechodoma's work was published extensively during his lifetime.[4] He also published in 1927 an important article on architecture in Puerto Rico entitled "Concering Architecture in Puerto Rico".[5]
Nechodoma died in a car related accident in 1928.
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In 1905, Nechodoma returned to Puerto Rico, having being contracted a few years before by famous sugarcane owner and businessman Antonio Roig, to build a mansion for Roig in Humacao. The house would become Nechodoma's most famous and talked about construction. Roig was also a banker; Roig Bank is currently owned by Banco Popular, and Mr. Roig wanted a very well done house for him and his family.

Nechodoma created a house with wide roofs overlooking the entrance, multiple levels (a rarity in the Puerto Rico of that era), and other amenities.

The house, which is nowadays considered by critics to be one of Puerto Rico's greatest cultural achievements, is now a museum.
 

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Casa Roig (1919) Humacao, Puerto Rico

In 1905, Nechodoma returned to Puerto Rico, having being contracted a few years before by famous sugarcane owner and businessman Antonio Roig, to build a mansion for Roig in Humacao. The house would become Nechodoma's most famous and talked about construction. Roig was also a banker; Roig Bank is currently owned by Banco Popular, and Mr. Roig wanted a very well done house for him and his family.

Nechodoma created a house with wide roofs overlooking the entrance, multiple levels (a rarity in the Puerto Rico of that era), and other amenities.

The house, which is nowadays considered by critics to be one of Puerto Rico's greatest cultural achievements, is now a museum.



















Esta casa fue construida para mi tatarabuelo, Antonio Roig. Una pena que ya no pertenesca a la familia.
 

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Camara de Comercio de Puerto Rico (1926) Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico

Este edificio fue originalmente la sucursal del Federal Land Bank of Baltimore, hoy dia es la Camara de Comercio.

 

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Nechodoma erigio edificios tambien en los siguientes pueblos: A~asco, Arecibo, Barceloneta, Bayamon, Caguas, Coamo, Condado, Hato Rey, Mayaguez, Monte Flores, San Lorenzo, Santa Isabel y Utuado.
 

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Esa iglesia que ha sido de 20,000 denominaciones :lol: me fascina. Gracias su Majestad!
 

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Cual denominacion es actualmente?

BTW gracias Su Majestad, no sabia que descendias de los Roig, que cool.
 

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^^ Segun Google Earth, esta queda en la misma Ave. Ponce de Leon, entre la calle Waymouth y la calle Hoare, la Casa Aboy tambien queda en esa area.
Actualmente la Casa Korber es una sinagoga Judia.

Otra foto de la Casa Korber

 

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¡Que cool! Tu tatarabuelo era Antonio Roig!! :p Tanta gente que uno conoce aquí...

Mis amigas canadienses se sorprendieron el otro día que nosotros teníamos The Bank of Nova Scotio aka Scotiabank. Pero el edificio las tenía jaw-dropped. Todavía pertenece al banco? Porque de lejos parecía que Scotiabank se mudó de ahí.
 

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Pues el webpage de Scotiabank, ya este no esta ahi en el Viejo San Juan, solo en Hato Rey y Rio Piedras...

Si, Antonio Roig era mi tatarabuelo, pero nunca lo conoci en persona, ya habia muerto...
 

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La Capilla Nuestra Señora de Lourdes pertenece a la Iglesia Catolica. Es un monumento historico y tiene 101 años de construida.

Antes pertenecio a la Iglesia Metodista, luego a la Union Church y ahora a la Iglesia Catolica.
 

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En este link podran encontrar mas del trabajo de Nechodoma, y tambien como comparan a traves de fotos, el trabajo de Nechodoma y Frank Lloyd Wright
http://nechodoma.tripod.com/

@Alexis: por alguna razon que no se, no pude poner las fotos de esa pagina aqui, te lo digo a ti porque tu siempre buscas la forma de hacer lol... y si no, pues no importa :)
 

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Excelentes fotos Rey, Gracias. He leido sobre Nechodoma. He plagiarized some of his work from Frank Loyd Wright designs. I'm not sure, but I think he got into serious trouble because of this.
 

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Yeah, he said that he met Frank Lloyd Wright in person, and that he was his student, and that wasnt true lol... personally i dont mind if someone copies someone else's good architecture, as soon as they dont copy the ugly ones, with miami windows lol, i hate those with passion!!! :nuts:
 
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