Henry Klumb House

The Henry Klumb House (Spanish: Casa Henry Klumb or more generally Casa Klumb), also known as Cody Ranch, was a 1949 house in San Juan, Puerto Rico designed by German-born architect Henry Klumb in Modern Movement architecture. The Klumb House was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1997.[1][2]

Casa Klumb
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Casa Klumb in 2018
Locator map
Locator map
Location of the Klumb House in Puerto Rico
Location1 Ramón B. López Street
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Coordinates18°23′58″N 66°02′06″W / 18.399506°N 66.034995°W / 18.399506; -66.034995Coordinates: 18°23′58″N 66°02′06″W / 18.399506°N 66.034995°W / 18.399506; -66.034995
Area6.5 acres (2.6 ha)[1]
Built1947
ArchitectHenry Klumb
Architectural styleModern Movement
NRHP reference No.97001307
Added to NRHPNovember 14, 1997

HistoryEdit

The property where Casa Klumb originally belonged to José Ramón Latimer and his wife Esther C. Cody, who lived there at the end of the 19th century. Eventually, Cody inherited the property and the house became known as the Cody Ranch.

In 1943, architect Henry Klumb, an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright, was invited by then-Governor of Puerto Rico Rexford Tugwell to serve as Director of the Design Committee of Public Works. As a result, Klumb moved to the island in 1944 with his wife, Else, and their two children, Peter and Richard. Klumb bought the Cody Ranch in 1947, and the remodeling began in 1949. Klumb and his wife lived in the house until their death in November 1984 as a result of a car accident.

 
Gate at the entrance of Casa Klumb

After Klumb's death, the house was acquired by the University of Puerto Rico in 1986. In 1997, it was included in the National Register of Historic Places as a Regional Monument for its architectural relevance. However, with time, the house has been abandoned and is currently inaccessible and deteriorated. Several organizations have made efforts to restore it, and in 2014, the Comité Casa Klumb was founded.[3] The World Monuments Fund added the house to its 2014 World Monuments Watch list, which helps in the process of gathering funds to restore monuments.[4] According to Dr. Enrique Vivoni Farange, director of the Architectural and Construction Archives of the University of Puerto Rico, the costs of restoring the house ascend to $1.9 million.[5][6]

The residence was destroyed in a fire that started at around 11:15PM (AST), on the night of November 10, 2020.[7]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Reyes Cassanova, Otto; González Jensen, Karen (February 14, 1997), National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Casa Klumb (PDF), retrieved December 4, 2015.
  2. ^ National Park Service (December 5, 1997), Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 11/24/97 through 11/28/97, archived from the original on December 4, 2015, retrieved December 4, 2015.
  3. ^ "Ojo a la Casa Klumb". El Nuevo Día. October 17, 2013. Archived from the original on December 3, 2015. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  4. ^ World Monuments Fund (n.d.), "Henry Klumb House", World Monuments Watch 2014, archived from the original on December 4, 2015, retrieved December 4, 2015.
  5. ^ González, Andrea (March 19, 2014). "Casa Klumb: al rescate de un legado histórico". Diálogo Digital. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
  6. ^ "Asignan comité para rehabilitar la Casa Klumb". Diálogo Digital. February 14, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
  7. ^ Tolentino, Carlos (November 11, 2020). "Incendio destruye la Casa Klumb en Río Piedras, una importante obra arquitectónica del siglo XX". El Nuevo Día.