One could argue that of all the provinces in Costa Rica, Guanacaste has the greatest variations in architecture. That will be the topic Tuesday in another of the talks by architect and historian Andrés Fernández. The talk will be in the Alianza Francesa building in San José.
Fernández is well known for his walking tours of city churches and the various historic barrios. He also has featured Alajuela and Heredia on his tours. In an introduction to his talk, Alianza Francesa lists a number of pre-Columbian, Colonial and more modern types of building construction.
The pre-Columbian natives, of course, used what they had and sometimes erected pole structures and straw buildings. There also is a strong influence of colonial Nicaragua in Guanacaste, said the summary. With the arrival a saw timber, the architecture changed considerably, it said.
Admission to the 6:30 p.m. discussion is 3,000 colons for the public and 1,000 for Alianza members. Reservations are requested at 2257-1944.