Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña
Once a home for the poor, this buff building with green trim houses the executive offices of this institute. Its sheltered plazas are...
This tropical pink villa built in the 19th century served as the Spanish officers’ quarters. The building has since been restored and is...
Museo de las Américas
The Museo de las Américas gives an overview of cultural development in the New World. It features changing exhibitions and Caribbean...
Among the many treasures inside the Cuartel de Ballajá is this fine little cafe which roasts its own coffee beans. Sit outside...
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Casa Blanca information
First constructed in 1524 as a residence for Puerto Rico’s pioneering governor, Juan Ponce de León (who died before he could move in), the Casa Blanca is the oldest continuously occupied house in the western hemisphere.
For the first 250 years after its construction it served as the ancestral home for the de León family. In 1783 it was taken over by the Spanish military, then with the change of Puerto Rico’s political status in 1898, it provided a base for US military commanders until 1966. Today it is a historic monument containing a museum, a chain of fountains and an Alhambra-style courtyard. The interior rooms are decked out with artifacts from the 16th to the 20th centuries. Parts of the secluded grounds look like a fragment of tropical rainforest.