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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 website is divided in different area of interest to me.  Two areas relate to the sugar industry in Puerto Rico, one relates to architecture and another to the cigar industry in Tampa, FL.  Each one has a brief write up because there is a story to every picture!
 
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 remains tell a sad story.  Architecture and construction styles give personality to towns and cities, here I document structures that represent typical contruction styles used in Puerto Rico including the Prairie Style introduced by Antonin Nechodoma.  I also dedictae a page to the work of Frank Lloyd Wright at the Florida Southern College.  Another area is dedicated to the cigar industry in Tampa, FL  which industry was the engine behind its growth and is now practically non-existent.
 
It was convenient in certain instances to include as reference pictures of subjects nonexistent today.  However, all other pictures are original pictures.  I want to thank my brother and his wife for their contribution and time dedicated to these projects.
 
There is no relationship between the different subjects, they have been chosen only on personal interests.  Visit us often as we frequently make changes and add new material.
    
Upcoming Project
As a result of the decline of the sugar industry around the mid 1800s, ​coffee became the major agricultural product in Puerto Rico.  Many of the Europeans that came to the island 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 late 1800s.  An ongoing project is to photograph the current remains of Coffee Haciendas from that era. 

Hurricane Maria of September 2017, had a devastating effect on the island, damaging most of its infrastructure, buildings and roads.  The effect of the hurricane has not allowed us to continue on the Coffee Haciendas project to this day.  Once traveling on the mountainous region where these haciendas are located is safe, we will resume our project.