Edificio José de Diego

The Edificio José de Diego (English: José de Diego Building) in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, also known as the Rectoría, is a historic building on the grounds of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. It was built in 1913. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.[2]

Edificio Jose de Diego[a]
Photograph of the Edificio José de Diego, an imposing, two-story building on top of a short rise, flanked by large trees and with a tall clock tower centered on the symmetrical facade
The Edificio José de Diego in 2006
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Location of Mayagüez and Edificio José de Diego in Puerto Rico
LocationUniversity of Puerto Rico campus, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
Coordinates18°12′33″N 67°08′29″W / 18.20915°N 67.141522°W / 18.20915; -67.141522Coordinates: 18°12′33″N 67°08′29″W / 18.20915°N 67.141522°W / 18.20915; -67.141522
AreaApproximately 1 acre (0.40 ha)[1]
ArchitectMr. Holmes[3]
Architectural styleSpanish Revival
NRHP reference No.77001553
Added to NRHPNovember 18, 1977


Its construction began in 1913 and concluded in 1916 as the Science Building. It was slightly affected by the 1918 San Fermín earthquake, it housed the administrative offices, the library and nine class rooms. As a result of a 1921 remodeling its new tower was added where later the clock was placed. Since then the rectory building is named the José de Diego building in honor of the campus's founder.[4]


Although its constructive aesthetics presents a great eclecticism, is important to indicate the entrance of the great facade.[3] Follow the steps of the central staircase regular service, stand two columns - "dístilo" smooth shaft and reduced éntasis, with its pedestal, “basa”, toscano-romano capital marked “astragalo”.[3] This is the most estimable attention to aesthetic impact section. On the two abacus terminals holds a short frieze with the inscription in English the name of the school. Below is the date with the year 1916.[3]

The construction is of two floors and irregular masonry.[3] It consists of two large horizontal lateral "masses" and a central rectangular.[3] In the middle section rises the Tower surrounded by balustrades and four campaniformes floreados pinnacles below of the cantilever roof supported by plates; inside lies the "Carillon" service, with external exits to their respective clocks.[3] The turret is covered with a coverage to four aspects; its Center highlights a "chapitelillo" tip.[3] The structure has many openings in administrative functionalism and was made at a time in which there was no air conditioning.[3] The structure began to be constructed in 1913 as a Sciences building.

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  1. ^ The building's name is presented here without the accent on "José" in conformance with the usage in the building's National Register nomination form[1] and Federal Register announcement of listing.[2]


  1. ^ a b Tarr, A. (1977), National Register of Historic Places Inventory — Nomination Form: Edificio Jose de Diego (PDF), retrieved January 27, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Department of the Interior, Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service: National Register of Historic Places; Annual Listing of Historic Properties", 44 FR 7416 (February 6, 1979), at 7581.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Alvarez Cervela, José María (1983). La Arquitectura Clasica Actual en Mayagüez. Mayagüez, Puerto Rico: Antillian College Press. p. 15.
  4. ^ "José de Diego(Rectoría)" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2010-07-15. Retrieved 2009-07-23.

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