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Current COVID-19 Mandates, with no end date (updated 15 Nov 2021)
😷 Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in public, indoor spaces, and outdoor spaces where there are 50 or more people.
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🍔 In order to be admitted to a bunch of different places (restaurants, bars, theaters, tours, excursions, casinos, etc) you are required to show either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test results of test administered no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival, or (c) evidence of positive test in last 3 months along with documentation proving your recovery. Other types of businesses may, at their option, require this documentation to access their facility. This applies to all people 12 (twelve) years old and older. Effective 23 Aug 2021, per executive order EO-2021-063.
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Architectural Genius at Museo Casa Roig

10/19- The museum has closed. Hoping it will someday reopen.

It is hard to imagine how unusual Casa Roig must have looked when it was built back in the 1920s. It was one of the first concrete houses in Puerto Rico, and it was a modernist design — so different from the grand, classical estate homes of the ultra-rich in that era. It is easy to see the Frank Lloyd Wright “Praire style” inspiration in the architecture. The original building was left to ruin, so it had to be almost totally restored from the ground up. But they did a great job, and this house is really interesting to see.

Casa Roig

The original house was built in 1919 by Antonin Nechodoma for the Roig/Guzmán family. They were rich sugar barons who owned sugar plantations, and other interests, in the Humacao area. The architect studied in Chicago at the Chicago School. He took his studies of ultra-modern design, and he transformed it to work in the Caribbean climate. The high ceilings, big windows, and open-air interior was great for circulation.

The house has been restored using the original plans from Nechodoma, including features like the lily pond out front that was planned but not installed in the original house. They even made furniture using Nechodoma’s designs (like a puzzle). The floors are original, and a few of the mosaics and stained glass windows are original. The restoration has remade this unique house to preserve it for our enjoyment. As an added bonus, the upstairs of the house is an open art space, where they display works from various artists.

Casa Roig

Our Visit

We were given this tour by a bilingual student from UPR in Humacao. She explained all about the house, the family that lived there, the architect, and many features unique to the house. The downstairs rooms are lovely – each has beautiful stained glass doors, and the woodwork is really nice. Upstairs, they had works from two artists on display. The artist displays change throughout the year.

Casa Roig

We really liked the tour – it was quick and interesting, and the house was really unlike any we have seen here in Puerto Rico (though I know there are a few other remaining buildings in San Juan designed by this architect in the early 1900s).

Details

The tour is free, but they do ask for a voluntary donation to help support the house.

The museum is open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 4:30pm. There is one trick to touring this house … it is associated with the University of Puerto Rico, so it is closed during school holiday recess (when the university is closed). So call ahead to make sure they are open and available for tours.

Allow about an hour to tour the house.

You can call Museo Casa Roig at 787-852-8380 for more information.

There are two houses here the Casa Roig, the museum and one that belonged to one of the sons. This second house is used for offices, and is not open to public.

From Route 3 in downtown Humaco, turn to the south on Calle Antonio Lopez. Continue about 1½ blocks to #66 Calle Antonia Lopez. It will be on your right. You can park on street in front of the house, or you can turn the corner onto Calle Esmeralda and park in the lot behind the house.

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