We were dressed in our hiking clothes, complete with walking sticks... waiting in the Plaza de Recreo Cristobal Colón... but the guy we were supposed to meet up with for our hike didn't show up! So NOW WHAT??Museo Casa Cautiño was finished in 1887. It has been maintained for all to enjoy, free of charge, by the Municipal Government of Guayama. This is another of the amazing things to see and do in Puerto Rico for FREE!!
I have enjoyed it many times, but never knew its origin!
So... come on in!
|Two matching cloisonné vases are the largest of their kind on the island!|
|You can see how large it is. The other is in the corner to the left.|
|Carved from Mahogany grown in Puerto Rico, adorned with the initials of the family.|
|The sitting room between Genoveva's room and the front foyer|
|Carved Mahogany bed with a rose, signifying that it is for a woman.|
|Hanging in the foyer between the Master's and Mistress' adjoining suites, you find the family portraits|
More tall double doors lead to the "lesser" rooms of the house. Here we found the guest rooms, the kitchen and baños!
|The Guest Room isn't nearly as nice as the main quarters, but still spacious.|
|There's a sitz bath|
|Random blog about Victorian bathing click here.|
|Here's what was in the goodie bag! I can totally use the keychains!|
This is a translation of what's in the pamphlet they gave us:
There are houses that have lived a long time, that their presence speaks to us ... they tell us stories, experiences, and lifestyles of their occupants and the people. Would you like to know one of them? Well, today he is at Casa Cautiño in Guayama.
In the Plaza de Guayama, one of the most beautiful on the island, you can see the fountain brought from France, a gift from a Cautiño to the town and in front of it, majestic and stately, the residence of the Cautiño family. This was ordered to be built for Mrs. Genoveva Insúa Villar by her husband, the colonel of the Spanish Army, Mr. Genaro Cautiño Vásquez, was a Municipal Judge, Mayor and landowner of the time, based in the Guamaní Valley.
The house impresses with its highly ornate architecture, it was designed by the Guayamés architect Manuel Texidor, a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris. Completed in 1887, in its design certain features of neoclassicism were combined, with details, of the best taste of the Creole architecture of the southern area of Puerto Rico, predominant at the time.
On the tour of this house you will notice belongings of the 3 Cautiño generations that enabled this residence. The House consists of an entrance hall, living room, dining room, master bedroom, two additional bedrooms, dressing room and interior balcony in the shape of an elongated "U". On the central side of the patio, there is the guest room, kitchen, toilet, warehouse and public toilets (formerly laundry room and warehouse).
This is attested by the marble floors, the latticework, the metallic monograms, and other exquisite wrought iron work. The most noble woods of the country were used in the details of the construction of the house and, in addition, the exquisite wrought iron work stands out, a fact that is attested by the beams and balusters of the terrace made in ausubo and the roof of the house in white mahogany.
In the regal mansion, as the Gran Enciclopedia de Puerto Rico (1976) cites, in its volume IX on architecture, we are told about the furniture, specially designed for Monserrate Bruno Domínguez by the Ledée family of cabinetmakers, a renowned strain of Guayamese artisans, They used the best woods to build wardrobes, beds, dressers, tables and many other precious pieces. Since its first owner, each generation of the Cautiño family has contributed the best to the house, which over the years has been enriching its content with works of art and valuable pieces, such as Sevres ceramics, rock crystal prism lamps. , marble tables, "cloisonne" vases (the largest in the country), gilt bronze clocks, Victorian mirrors, gilt bronze wall sconces, antique and contemporary paintings, marble amphoras, and above all, the oil paintings of the family founders.
Today, more than a century after it was built, we can enjoy everything that this house contains, thanks to I.C.P. he turned it into a museum administered by the Municipal Government of Guayama.