Casa Cautiño's owner, Genaro Cautiño Vázquez, was
a wealthy Guayama landowner as well as a colonel of the Volunteer Battalion
of the Spanish Army. During the Spanish-Americn War, Casa Cautiño
served as the headquarters for the American forces, and it was occupied
by U.S. Brig. Gen. Frederick Dent Grant. After the war, Genaro Cautiño
returned to the one-story U-shaped house with an interior patio at its
center, which local architect Manual Texidor built in 1887 after having
graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris. An important cultural
resource located within the Puerto Rican government-recognized Guayama
Historic Zone, Casa Cautiño is a museum dedicated to the town of
Guayama and the Cautiño family.
Photo courtesy of the
Puerto Rico Office of Historic Preservation
Casa Cautiño, administered by the Institute of Puerto Rican
Culture, is located at the junction of Vicente Palès and Palmer
sts., where it overlooks the plaza in Guayama, Puerto Rico. It is open
Tuesday-Saturday 9:00am to 4:30pm, and on Sunday from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
Call 787-864-9083 or visit the musem's website
for more information.