Contest open to restore a national heritage site

The culture ministry’s heritage arm opened the period of applications for restoration grants for historic buildings.

The deadline is Aug. 15. This is the 15th annual contest, and some 100 million colons. About $200,000, is available for the successful candidate.

The ministry’s Centro de Investigación y Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural runs the contest in conjunction with the Colegio Federado de Ingenieros y de Arquitectos de Costa Rica.

Architects and others are invited to submit proposals for restoration of a heritage site. The grant probably will not cover the entire project, but the successful architect also gets 10 million colons in an honorarium. The downtown Correos de Costa Rica was restored with such a grant, as was the Black Star Line building in Limón and others.

A more recent project was the Steinworth commercial building in downtown San José.

Sandra Quirós, director of the heritage center, also said Thursday that her agency would invest 25 million colons in restoring the Estación del Atlántico that has fallen into disrepair and some 200 million for structures on the Isla San Lucas, the former prison island that officials hope to turn into a tourist attraction. That’s about $50,000 and $400,000.

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