Rural school in Nicoya is this year’s heritage award winner

The government will invest 120 million colons, about $220,000, to restore a rural school in Quebrada Honda de Nicoya.

That was announced Thursday as part of the program held every year to finance the restoration of heritage structures.

The Escuela Andrés Briceño Acevedo is 115 years old and suffered damage in the 2012 Nicoya earthquake that reduced the use of all its space. The project was presented to the Centro de Investigación y Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural with the Chorotega name Proyecto Neenda Yokue.

The school now hosts about 30 primary and pre-primary students, said the center, an agency of the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud.

Cedar and pachote wood was used to build the school, said the center.

The proposal is to restore the full use of the building and change the electrical system as well as reinforce walls and floors and change the windows. A complete paint job is part of

The Escuela Andrés Briceño Acevedo

The Escuela Andrés Briceño Acevedo

the plan, according to the center.

Each year the center selects one project from those submitted by mainly architects for a government subsidy. This year the winning project came from Josué Rodríguez and Jazmín Granados, said the center. There were 15 submissions.

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