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National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture

This is an archived listing.

Address

3015 W. Division St.

Neighborhood

Humboldt Park

Architect/Year

Frommann & Jebsen, 1896

Website

nmprac.org

Description

The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (NMPRAC) features the work of modern Puerto Rican artists in what was once Humboldt Park's 1896 stables building. Built of brick and defined by its steep pitched roofs and wooden ornamental details, the stables were intended to resemble the old German Style of country house architecture. Renovation of the building was set back by a 1992 fire, but the building was restored in 1998 by the architectural firm McClier. In 2000, a long advocacy and fundraising campaign began under the leadership of NMPRAC founder and president Billy Ocasio to develop the museum, which opened partially in 2012 and fully in 2014. A huge mosaic map of the island of Puerto Rico is featured in the outdoor courtyard and event space at the center of the structure, surrounded by indoor art galleries and studio spaces.

Archived In

2022