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Architecture of San Juan De Puerto Rico : Five Centuries of Urban and Architectural Experimentation
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As San Juan nears the 500th anniversary of its founding, Arleen Pabón explores the urban and architectural developments that have taken place over the last 5 centuries to develop the site from a small Caribbean enclave to a fully-fledged working city.
As the oldest post-European city in the United States and second oldest in the Western Hemisphere, San Juan is an example of the experimentation that took place in the American "borderland" from 1519 until 1898, when Spanish sovereignty ended. The author also investigates post 1898 examples to explore how American architectural ideas were exported beyond the mainland.
Pabón covers the varied architectural periods and styles, aesthetic theories, and conservation practices of the region, and explains how the development of the architectural and urban artifacts reflect the political, cultural, social and religious aspects that developed a small military garison into a prized possession of the United States.