The national heritage center has restored two historic building in San Francisco de Heredia. They are the Casona de Madera, which is now occupied by staffers from Hospital San Vicente de Paul, and the Centro de Acopio del Antiguo Beneficio Miramontes.
Both structures were added to the national heritage list in 2005. But time took its toll, said the Centro de Investigación y Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural of the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud.
The Casona de Madera dates from 1947. It is a Victorian-style dwelling. The hospital’s information technology department housed there now after the electrical system received a major upgrade, said the Centro.
The Centro de Acopio dates from the beginning of the 20th century, and this is where the coffee harvests were brought for storage.
The restoration work began last year and costs 185 million colons, some $351,000.