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The Henry Klumb House is a significant example of modern movement architecture in the Caribbean.
Renowned German-born architect Henry Klumb, a former student and chief draftsman of Frank Lloyd Wright, designed the home for himself after he settled in Puerto Rico in at the behest of Governor Rexford Tugwell. For his own dwelling, the architect modified a typical nineteenth-century hacienda, codifying his philosophy of architecture and his ideas regarding modern tropical living.
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Klumb removed most of the outer walls, opening the house and creating a direct relationship between interior and exterior. In the surrounding landscape, a lush oasis within a dense urban environment, Klumb created a private botanical garden that protected the living space from direct sun and rain.
The house and grounds were listed on the National Register of Historic Places inyet, after a hurricane in destroyed the kitchen and damaged the roof, the house was only minimally maintained. As a result, it has suffered significant deterioration and requires urgent conservation measures. It was included on the World Monuments Watch in order to encourage the development of a comprehensive plan for its rehabilitation that would lay out measures for sustainable protection and maintenance through physical repair and a viable programmatic heney.
Earlier in the year, local artists had spent a day at the Klumb House before creating work inspired by the house and gardens. Their work, collectively exhibited as “La casa en henrry y en mi,” opened on Watch Day.
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The pieces of the exhibit were put up for sale in order to raise funds for the preservation of the building. Over a hundred people came to the event, including university students and professors, fellow artists, collectors, and neighbors. Sadly, in March the house was looted of its metal components including wiring, jalousies, and sections of the roof.
The theft is the first in over twenty years and underlines the need to rehabilitate the site for continuous use. San Juan, Puerto Rico. Modernism on the Prairie: Latin American Modernism at Risk. Thirty Artists for Thirty Years: Henry Klumb House Watch Day.
In the Media More. Una casa quiere revivir. Ojo a la Casa Klumb.