Annual project to restore an historic building will be outlined today

An agency within the culture ministry is ready to open the 2014 edition of an architectural contest that has given a push to many restoration projects in the country.

This is the  Salvemos Nuestro Patrimonio Histórico Arquitectónicoor “Save out Historical Architectural Heritage.” Each year the Centro de Investigación y Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural picks a project that has been designed by a local architect.

There are many submissions, and the winning project receives government money. The winners have ranged from wooden structures in Limón and on the Pacific coast to public buildings, such as the Teatro Nacional, and also a downtown department store.

The centro will be outlining the rules for this year’s contest today.

The submissions generally are projects that already have been designed by an architect. Some of the projects never would have been started without the promise of government money.

Last year the winner was a project to restore the historic Antigua Capitanía de Limón. The The L-shaped, two story wooden building in Afrocaribbean style was initiated by the United Fruit Co. in 1930. Eventually it held the office of the local political leader who also served as port captain.

The centro donated 100 million colons to the restoration. That was about $200,000 at the time. The Black Star Line in Limón was a winner in an earlier year.

A lot of the Limón wooden buildings survive because they were constructed with material that contained a lot of resin that kept away bugs. There most likely will be projects from there in the contest this year.

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