Ferrer Palace

The Ferrer Palace in Cienfuegos City it's a beautiful building that was built by the merchant and landowner José Ferrer Spanish Sires and designed by the local architect Donato Pablo Carbonell. The work was built between 1917 and 1918. The Ferrer family lived briefly in this palace, as in the early 20's he moved to Havana. In 1923, Martí Santiago Clovet installed in the ground floor of the drafting and printing of the newspaper "El Sol". When Enrico Caruso, the famous Italian tenor, was in Cienfuegos in 1920, he stayed at this palace.

Ferrer Palace from Jose Marti park

They say he fled the torrid June 1920 aerated refuge in their rooms. The famous Italian tenor Enrico Caruso would sing that night in the nearby Tomas Terry theater, but before his voice rest in the spacious hall of this Palace Cienfuegos. He had put great efforts in building and part of its abundant money the wealthy Catalan based in Cienfuegos, Jose Ferrer Sires.

Ferrer Palace

Barely a year took its execution, under the project of famous architect Donato Paul Cienfuegos Carbonell, author of works of great refinement and eclecticism of local symbols as Villa de Valle, others majestic structure as the cemetery "Tomás Acea", a replica of the Parthenon .

Ferrer Palace, Renovation

Put the seasoned designer every encouragement Catalan art nouveau mansion in Ferrer, built on two levels, the ground floor devoid of ornaments and high-ceilinged than 6 meters, goods destined to garrison, one whose top ornamentation in marble waste, precious metalwork and glazed tiles, decorated high artistic quality and taste excellence since then to give this corner of Parque Martí, founding and administrative center of the city.

However ... was not the result of the eccentricity of the influential merchant, was itself a practice that proliferated at this time among the wealthy Cubans, it seems that sleeping quietly on their wealth or widespread as saying that "the master's eye fattens the horse. "

Ferrer Palace panoramic view

The building in question, its roof topped with a very elegant veranda on the southeast corner, allowing the merchant from above "all the operations master" and witness the nearby port also "the entrance to the bay of" any possibility of increasing the content its copious coffers. "Nothing," join the beautiful to the useful "has produced excellent results ... since the world began.

The truth is that it was a pity that after putting all his inspiration and commitment the designer to please the refined taste of the family, Ferrer, "without thinking", they went to Havana then very prosperous .... And was deserted mansion to pass into the hands of another of the more fortunate families, Cacicedo who lived until the seventies of the past siglo.En the ground floor, a drugstore that was established after the nationalization of the revolutionary process led to a warehouse medical supplies.

Ferrer Palace from corner

The top floor was House of Culture until the marked deterioration, forcing the closure of the famous palace, now subject to a rescue and reconstruction process to become Palace ... but Italian divo cienfueguera.Del culture, I would say that only stayed there one day, and quickly returned to Havana, where he expected a final performance before receiving the juicy amount of 90 thousand dollars, then paid record an artist in the Cuban theater.

Too bad the tenor did not have much time to enjoy the benefits of life as those offered by the luxurious Palace Cienfuegos, which was released in the architecture of the city, because after their commitments in Cuba, only act once again in the Metropolitan, New York, before retiring for good in the scene because of an illness that ended his life in 1921.

Ferrer Palace, Facade

Since then he moved his fame to our Ferrer Palace who had already won fame as an example of very influence of the "Catalan" in Cuban architecture and of course, for its domed lookout from which you can enjoy the best view of the city and marine environment.