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Palacete Los Moreau, Moca

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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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  • This place offers a great photo opportunity. The house is beautiful and the grounds are well kept. There is an author that is buried (his ashes I think) on the grounds. There are bathrooms available, ...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
  • This place is hard to find, but worth it. The grounds are really nice and so is the house. It has a fascinating history which you can read about and see while you are there, or even lookup online. Sin...  more »
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  • Some air conditioning would be a good asset
  • Beautiful. Sooooo historical and well preserved
  • Good for a quick visit, or private activities.
  • Great historic place about how people lived 100 years ago
  • Great historic place... amazing for photoshooting