Cuartel de Ballajá/Museo de las Américas San Juan, PR
completed in 1864, it is the last and largest example of Spanish-built architecture in the New World
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Year Established: 1864
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The Museum of the Americas is located inside El Cuartel de Ballajá on Norzagaray Street. The building served as barracks for the Spanish militia and their families during the late 19th century. Occupying over 7,700 square meters, it could accommodate over 1,000 citizens. The three-story structure was completed in 1864, making it the last and largest example of Spanish-built architecture in the New World. Its vast interior patio is a striking example of 19th century architectural prowess. With the change of sovereignty it became the quarters for the U.S. Infantry and later a medical facility. Currently housing the Museum of the Americas, it boasts an impressive collection of carved saints or Santos. Inaugurated in 1992, the museum also hosts permanent exhibits that explore the art of the New World and its African heritage.
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