Casa Cautino - A Museum That Was Once Home of a Spanish Colonel

The Casa Cautino is a masterpiece that was built for an extremely rich and well-respected family. The home was the dream and vision of Genaro Cautino Vàzquez, a colonel in the Spanish Army and a landowner. Manuel Texidor was recruited by the Cautino family to design and oversee the building of Casa Cautino in 1887. Casa Cautino is located in Guayama and is seen as a historical Puerto Rican site. The building itself was constructed in a Creole and neoclassical style. The architecture of the building makes the Casa Cautino a wonderful treat to see.

Casa Cautino was occupied by the United States during the Spanish-American war, but the Cautino family was able to return to their home after the troops left. The house was constructed in the shape of a ‘U’, with a central patio. The beauty and the fascination of this unique home has lived on over the years and it has been renovated into a spectacular museum.

Exhibits in the museum include beautifully handcrafted furniture and sculptures that have been carved by the talented hands of local artists. There are also some pieces that have been created by Caribbean and Latin artists. Detailed paintings adorn the walls and with breathtaking carvings bring the museum to life. The museum offers visitors regular fascinating educational events. It also features a vast number of historical documents and new discoveries that are made through continuous research. Glasses that have been painted with gold and imported from France are also on display - as is the spectacular chandelier that originates from Murano and which is made from hand blown glass before it is decorated and completed.

Various artists also get the opportunity to display their work at the Casa Cautino Museum and this helps develop the art and culture of Guayama. One extremely popular and talented artist who had an exhibition in the Casa Cautino in the 1990’s is Thomas Batista. He now has a permanent exhibition of his work in the museum to be viewed and admired with the rest of the building. The Casa Cautino is not just another historical Puerto Rican site but a jewel from the past. It has been painstakingly preserved in order to share the past with future generations and to remind visitors of the rich heritage that has shaped and developed Puerto Rico.

 


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Sandy - 2010-07-10 23:47:36

Casa Cautiño's owner, Genaro Cautiño Vázquez, was a wealthy Guayama landowner as well as a colonel of the Volunteer Battalion of the Spanish Army. During the Spanish-Americn War, Casa Cautiño served as the headquarters for the American forces, and it was occupied by U.S. Brig. Gen. Frederick Dent Grant. After the war, Genaro Cautiño returned to the one-story U-shaped house with an interior patio at its center, which local architect Manual Texidor built in 1887 after having graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris.

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Miguel Hernández - 2009-10-20 22:23:41

Actually, Don Manuel Cautiño Vásquez held the rank of "comandante" roughly equivalent to the rank of a major in the US Army. He served in the 11th Batallion of the Instituto de Voluntarios, a unit comparable to the National Guard. He entered service on 25 April 1881 and achieved the rank of maj or on 11 June 1895. All members of the Instituto were also members of a political party called ' Incondicionalmente Español "--Unconditionally Spanish. Thus he belonged to were an armed political party that was conservative in its outlook and extremely loyal to Spain.

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