Former liquor factory’s tower gets a makeover

The culture ministry is housed in what for years had been the state alcohol producer.

The sprawling facility now is called the Centro Nacional de la Cultura.

The 160-year-old complex is in constant need of repair and restoration. The latest job was the restoration of the distillation tower.

The Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud’s own  Centro de Investigación y Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural did the work to make the tower look the way it was when the complex began producing guaro in 1856.

Steps also were taken to reduce the humidity captured by the stone blocks, the ministry said.

In addition to ministry offices, the former  Fábrica Nacional de Licores houses gallery space, stages and other facilities that support the culture mission.

This is the restored tower.

This is the restored tower.

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