Palacete Los Moreau, Moca

Palacete Los Moreau is a house museum located in Moca, Puerto Rico. Historically known as the Labadie Mansion, the house inspired Enrique Laguerre to write La Llamarada. The property was restored as a museum and renamed the "Palacete Los Moreau" in honor of Laguerre’s novel. It's listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Hacienda Iruena Manor House.HistoryBuilt in 1893, it is the only building still standing of an agricultural conglomerate where both coffee and sugar were planted and processed. It belonged to the French family Pengeot.The hacienda was sold to Juan Labadié in 1860. At the time of acquisition the property had an area of 1,300 acres, of which three quarters were planted with coffee. The other quarter was divided between cane, timber and cattle.Juan Labadié lived on the plantation until his death in 1893. His widow, Cornelia Pengeot decided to demolish the old house of wood to build a new one made out of concrete.After the invasion of the island by the United States in 1898, the estate became solely a sugar plantation belonging to Central Coloso.ArchitecturePlans for the construction of the house started in 1893. The house was designed by Paul Serva, the administrator of the sugar mill "Central Coloso" in Aguada. Serva conceived the design as a Caribbean adaptation of a Chateau in Châteauesque architecture. The main element of the house is the front porch that is flanked by two towers. One of the towers originally housed the library of the house.
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  • July 31, 2017
    This house is styled like a french chateau and is more than 100 years old. It is very well kept and has a good history. It's a nice stop if you are in the area.  more »
  • September 5, 2016
    The place is beautiful and preserved! We went Sunday and was open! A nice experience! The entry was free of charge!
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  • July 21, 2016
    This place did not know him and we thought interesting to visit him and meet him. This an ancient farmhouse which belonged to the Labadiel family a century ago. But it bears the name of Palace of the Moreau, in honor of the characters mentioned by Don Enrique Laguerre in his novel. The place is very beautiful, very fresh and attractive for those who like history and architecture. While the House only has things of the era, which are possessions of the family that resided in that place, No need to have much imagination to see how it was all at that time. The entrance is free! Preferred!
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  • June 4, 2017
    Some air conditioning would be a good asset
  • June 20, 2017
    Good place to go with your kids
  • April 12, 2017
    Beautiful. Sooooo historical and well preserved
  • February 22, 2017
    Great historic place about how people lived 100 years ago
  • May 24, 2017
    Good for a quick visit, or private activities.

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