Casa Roig Museum

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Casa Roig
Casa Roig 2 - Humacao Puerto Rico.jpg
Casa Roig in 2010
Location 66 Antonio López Street
Humacao, Puerto Rico
Coordinates 18°08′53″N 65°49′30″W / 18.147971°N 65.824867°W / 18.147971; -65.824867Coordinates: 18°08′53″N 65°49′30″W / 18.147971°N 65.824867°W / 18.147971; -65.824867
Built 1920
Architect Antonin Nechodoma
Architectural style Prairie School
Restored 1984[1][2]
NRHP Reference # 77001550
Added to NRHP November 17, 1977

The Casa Roig Museum is a historic house museum and gallery in Humacao, Puerto Rico. It was designed as a residence for the wealthy sugar planter Antonio Roig by the prominent Czech architect and Puerto Rico resident Antonin Nechodoma (1877–1928[3]), and built in 1920. Casa Roig was built in the Prairie School style in 1920. The house has a cruciform plant, has two floors and a basement. It is made of concrete and wood, decorated lavishly with stained glass and mosaics. The design follows the Prairie House School style of the architect Louis Sullivan, but especially the unique style of the renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright (1867–1959).

The house was inhabited until 1956. From then on it remained closed until August 13, 1977 when the heirs of Antonio Roig donated the residence to the University of Puerto Rico who adopted the mission to restore and preserve the structure. The work of restoration was carried out by the architects Otto Reyes and Tom Marvel over a period of 10 years. Casa Roig opened its doors to the public in 1989 and since then has served as a physical footprint and testimony of the Prairie School style adapted to the Caribbean, and as a center for cultural diffusion. Casa Roig is considered among the best works of Nechodoma, and is the only residential structure built by Nechodoma which still remains complete.[4]

The house was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1977.[5]

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  1. ^ University of Puerto Rico (n.d.), Museo Casa Roig (in Spanish), archived from the original on January 6, 2016, retrieved January 5, 2016 .
  2. ^ National Park Service; National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers (n.d.), "Casa Roig", Historic Places in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands: A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary, archived from the original on October 6, 2015, retrieved January 5, 2016 .
  3. ^ Marvel, Thomas S. (1994), Antonin Nechodoma, Architect, 1877-1928: The Prairie School in the Caribbean, Gainesville: University Press of Florida, ISBN 978-0-813-01269-8, OCLC 28891109 .
  4. ^ Tarr, A. (December 1976), National Register of Historic Places Inventory — Nomination Form: Casa Roig (PDF), retrieved January 9, 2016 .
  5. ^ "Department of the Interior, Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service: National Register of Historic Places; Annual Listing of Historic Properties", 44 FR 7416 (February 6, 1979), at p. 7581.

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