Puerto Rico is known for its Spanish colonial architecture, however the island's architectural heritage goes beyond what the Spaniards left behind. In the 1950s and 1960s the capital San Juan, and its surrounding cities grew at an exponential rate, and Puerto Rican modernist architects, such as Henry Klumb and the firm Toro and Ferrer, left their mark throughout the metropolitan area. It is important to note this architectural trend was not only visible in high profile commissions, but also affected the daily architecture of the residential sub-divion, or as it is locally known the urbanización. While these homes may not have the privilege of being associated with the biggest names in architecture at the time in Puerto Rico, but they are important manifestations of the near universal adoption of the Puerto Rican Modernist Movement. It is crucial that these urbanizaciónes be included in the history of architecture in Puerto Rico, not only as development phenomenons of the Mid Twentieth Century, but as equally important manifestations of the modernist movement in Puerto Rico.
Advising committee: Fernando Lara, Monica Penick, Kathryn Holliday