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Background

 
According to the dictionary Architecture is the art or practice of designing and building structures.  As an art by definition, history has favored us with distinct styles created by different cultures, schools and individual architects.  The purpose of this project is to document in pictures the current state of structures that represent architectural styles typical of the time and location when and where they were ercted.  There is no particular relationship between the places and architects herein depicted, they have been chosen because of my interest in each one of them.

My closest relationship to anything related to architecture has been growing up with a Civil Engineer as a father and attending three years of Engineering School.  Having said that, I am not a connoisseur or expert in the field, only an amateur attracted to nice looking structures and their history.

The work of two architects in particular is documented in these pages; Antonin Nechodoma and Frank Lloyd Wright .  Though it is still debated if they ever met, there is a relationship between their work, specifically the Prairie Style of Architecture created by Wright and adapted by Nechodoma to the tropical climate of Puerto Rico.  Wright's work documented is limited to several buildings at Florida Southern College which constitute the largest number of Wright designed buildings in one location.

Puerto Rico , Charleston, SC and Tampa, FL have been chosen only because they are places I have lived in.  Of the three, Tampa is least known for its architecture though its landscape is influenced by the diverse cultures that have marked its history.  The Cigar Factories Project pages document the remains of the massive structures built for the industry that made the city what it is today. Charleston, SC was at one time one of the most if not the most important city in the South, it long history is well conserved and told today by the majestic structures that remain from the colonial and antebellum periods.   Puerto Rico's architecture is the more extensively documented mostly because it conserves the oldest and largest number of structures dating back to its days when it belonged to Spain.