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Pictures
Capturing remains of once great structures.
Thank you for visiting this website.  It was created to publish and share personally taken pictures.  The web site is divided in projetcs, two of them related to the sugar industry in Puerto Rico, one related to architecture and the other to the cigar industry in Tampa, FL.
 
Sugar was the island's main industry during the first half of the 20th Century but during the second half it was let to die; the silent remains tell a very sad story.  The architecture project is about documenting older structures that represent the typical contruction styles used on the island before the mid 1900s and the prairie style of architecture introduced in Puerto Rico by Antonin Nechodoma.  There is also a section on the work of Frank Lloyd Wright at the Florida Southern College.  The other project is of the cigar industry in Tampa, FL  which industry was the engine behind the growth of the city and is now practically non-existent.
 
Except for the gallery of sugar mill pictures from the El Mundo Newspaper and pictures of subjects nonexistent today included as reference, photographs included herein have not been copied and pasted from other sources, all are original pictures.  I want to thank my brother and his wife for their contribution and time dedicated to these projects.
 
There is no specific relationship between the different projects, they are based only on personal interests.  Visit us often as we are periodically making changes and adding new material.
    
Upcoming Projects
Coffee Industry in PR 
Coffee Haciendas in Puerto Rico

As a result of the decline of the sugar industry around the mid 1800s, ​coffee became the major agricultural product on the island.  Many of the Europeans that came to Puerto Rico as a result of the 1815 Royal Decree of Graces, took to coffee growing and a number of Haciendas produced some of the finest coffee traded in world markets.  Some of these Haciendas dissapeared or only ruins remain and some still exist today, but the coffee industry in PR has never again reached the levels of its heydays in the 1800s.  Our project is to photograph the current remains of Coffee Haciendas from that era.