The political developments and the founding of modern Costa Rica in 1948 reverberated in the arts and architecture, too.
Architect and historian Andrés Fernández will address that Sept. 17 when he conducts a discussion on modern architecture from 1950 to 1990. This is a program sponsored by Alianza Francesa, and the discussion will be in the cultural organization’s Barrio Amón facilities on Avenida 7.
An announcement points out that the political rupture also had major consequences for the urban landscape: The modern movement came from outside the country but adopted many Costa Rican characteristics. Young architects were returning to their native country from México and the United States. They had their own ideas.
The effect was far-reaching. Not only were public and private buildings changing under this influence, but also the homes of upper- and middle-class Costa Ricans
Fernández already has conducted a walking tour of Los Yoses, the neighborhood on the east side of town that changed from a coffee plantation to modern homes starting in the 1950s. The announcement also includes Francisco Peralta, La Granja, La Guaria and other areas as being influenced by this change.
There is a small admission to the discussion, and more information is available at 2222-2283 or 2290-2705.
The next day a book on San José architecture by Fernández will be presented. That event at 7 p.m. will be held in the Espacio Cultural Carmen Naranjo in the Estación al Atlántico. The book is Los muros cuentan. Crónicas sobre arquitectura histórica josefina, basically “The Walls talk: Tales about Historic Architecture in San José.”