Korber House

Construction on this house started in 1916 and lasted into 1917.  William Korber-Garke was a German immigrant who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1876 and in 1883 married Josefina Palmieri-Roubert, daughter of Domingo Palmieri owner of Hacienda Amelia in Juana Diaz.  They had three children; Josefina (1885), Guillermo (1877) & Gisela (1888).  William Korber had already passed away by 1918 so the elder Korber did not live long to enjoy the residence.  The Korber family owned the house until 1950 when it was sold to the Jewish community for use as a synagogue.
As can be seen from the pictures below, the now demolished Levy Residence in Jacksonville, FL designed just two years earlier in 1915 by the firm of Mark & Sheftall has a marked resemblance to the Korber house.  The springfield Illinois Susan Lawrence Dana House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright  and included in the Wasmuth Portfolio also has a marked resemblance to this property's design.  According to Thomas Marvel, the simplicity of the Korber house suggests that the only part that Nechodoma borrowerd from Wright was the entry foyer and the front facade.
When we visited this property, which pictures were taken from the sidewalk, it seemed to us it is no longer being used as a Synagogue.  As can be seen, there is a piece of wood hanging on the left side and either a piece of wood or glass seems to have fallen and is lying on the tile roof on the right side.  We later found out the property is for sale.
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