CUENCA, ON-LINE ISSUE 04.
By: Jane Hiltbrand.
Photos: Jane Hiltbrand.
(Currently Instituto de Arte Contemporaneo).
Location: Hermano Miguel 8-41and Sucre.
This large colonial house has an austere, modest facade that combines white walls with dark green woodwork. But inside are hidden Cuenca treasures!
Records show that from 1915 to 1988 the building was home to the Ordonez Vintimilla family and that their heirs subsequently sold it to the current owner, Fernando Piedra Cardoso. It has served as a contemporary art gallery since 1993. The front of the building houses the art gallery. But when you enter the first courtyard, you are transported to another time.
Many of the historic homes in Cuenca have a style from the republican era. But this home has a distinctly colonial construction. Most colonial houses had two, sometimes three, courtyards. Typically the front courtyard was surrounded by rooms where the family lived and entertained. The second courtyard had a vegetable garden and housed the servants. This house was very unusual in that there were no rooms coming off the front courtyard. Fernando said this courtyard and garden were designed purely as a place to sit and enjoy the beauty!
At the front center of the building, the large entrance door is adorned with exquisite Haut-relief wooden carvings. Street lamps attached to the front recall bygone periods. The contemporary artwork is showcased beautifully in this colonial-era home.
Hours: Monday—Friday 10 am-1:30 pm and 5 pm-7:30 pm. Saturday, 11:00—1:30 pm.
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