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Palacete Vicini

Palacete Vicini

The Palacete Vicini is a magnificent private home built in the art déco style by Czech designer architect Antonio Nechodojma in the 1920s. The beautiful little palace is nestled unassumingly on Calle 19 de Marzo in the Colonial Zone.

Palacete Vicini 19 de Marzo is a beautifully kept private home in Colonial Zone
Palacete Vicini 19 de Marzo is a beautifully kept private home in Colonial Zone

The entrance has 3 stairs leading to a small porch with two magnificent Ionic columns on either side. These columns are 12 meters tall and are three and a half meters wide at the base making them unique in shape and size. If you can get a glimpse into the front door and the entrance, there is a remarkable semicircular stairway leading to the second floor.

The magnificent lattice work on and above the entrance to Palacete Vicini
The magnificent lattice work on and above the entrance to Palacete Vicini

The ironwork adorning the windows and doors of the entrance are uncommon. Especially the magnificent metal lattice work on and above the entrance door.

The second level has a beautiful curved semicircular balcony, which has metal balusters adorned with spirals and 5 arched doors. The balcony is usually covered in beautiful flowers.

The details of the second floor balcony of the Palacete Vicini
The details of the second floor balcony of the Palacete Vicini

There are 4 narrow windows on the front of the home. The 2 bottom windows are unremarkable. The top windows on either side of the balcony are trimmed with Islamic style arches and have beautiful stained glass. This design is said to be the only one of its kind in the city of Santo Domingo.

Owners (2019) – Juan B. Vicini and Consuelo Marchenauso

Palacete Vicini on 19 de Marzo in Ciudad Colonial
Palacete Vicini on 19 de Marzo in Ciudad Colonial

Notes of interest –

*The Vicini family has Italian origins and as a whole, are the wealthiest family in the Dominican Republic according to Forbes Magazine.

*A Palacete is a luxurious mansion, villa or stately home that resembles a palace but is smaller.

Location of Palacete Vicini

#113 – 19 de Marzo between Arz. Nouel and Padre Billini, Ciudad Colonial, Santo Domingo.

References
https://hoy.com.do/rarezas-en-casas-de-la-calle-19-de-marzo-2/

Villalobos History – Home

Marcelo de Villalobos

Marcelo de Villalobos. Born in Seville in 1480 – Died in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic), 1526. He was part of the first Audience of Santo Domingo. He was one of the 3 original judges appointed by the Queen of Spain sent to the city of Santo Domingo. Villalobos ended up dying in debt to the city and the crown.

Villalobos Short History | Villalobos Home

Villalobos Short History

Marcelo de Villalobos was born in Seville around 1480, the son of Diego de Villalobos and Aldonza de Vera, where he studied law. On October 5, 1511, a Royal Provision, signed by Queen Doña Juana, created an Audiencia y Juzgado / Audience and Court on Hispaniola. He, Juan Ortiz de Matienzo and Lucas Vázquez de Ayllón, were appointed juez de Apelaciones de la dicha “Audiencia y Juzgado” / judge of Appeals of the said “Audience and Court”.

At the end of February 1512 Villalobos left for the Indies, taking with him nine men. After a fairly lengthy stay in the Canary Islands, he and his wife, noble lady, Isabel de Manrique arrived in Santo Domingo. They brought their many servants along. On July 9, 1512 the viceroy Diego Colón gave him possession on Santo Domingo.

Villalobos owned over two hundred Indians, which he used to work in the Cotuí mines. He gained his own home and herds of sheep and cows. He took part in the Slave Trade markets. For all of this and more, he was tried for abuse of power.

Villalobos died on July 25, 1526. He was deeply in debt to the city of Santo Domingo. The crown sought to collect from his family, but because of the devastating hurricane of October 6, 1526, they suspended all financial obligations for a year. Finally, on January 1528, the bailiff took possession, from his daughters, of the domicile of the Villalobos on behalf of His Majesty.

Read the complete history of Marcelo de Villalobos in Spanish.

Villalobos Home

Marcelo De Villalobos home where he died located on Arz. Meriño in the Colonial Zone
Marcelo De Villalobos home where he died located on Arz. Meriño in the Colonial Zone

The house where Marcelo de Villalobos lived and died is located on Calle Arzobispo Meriño (near Mercedes and the Parking Garage) in the Colonial Zone. All that is there to recognize this home is a plaque on the wall.

The plaque on the wall of the home reads
“Esta casa fue la morada del Licenciado Marcelo de Villalobos. Primer jues de la corte de apelacion en la isla de la Española y el nuevo mundo, en los comienzo del siglo XVI (1512 – 1526). Fray Vincente Rubio” /
This house was the abode of Mr. Marcelo de Villalobos. First judge of the court of appeal on the island of Hispaniola and the new world, at the beginning of the 16th century (1512 – 1526). Fray Vincente Rubio.

The sign on the wall of the house where Marcelo de Villalobos lived and died
The sign on the wall of the house where Marcelo de Villalobos lived and died


Memorial Sloop Aurora

Memorial Column to the Shipwreck of the Sloop Aurora / Columna Conmemorativa Naufragio Balandra Aurora

On the coral cliffs of Paseo Padre Billini on the coast of Santo Domingo stands a single column pillar. This white pillar is topped with an urn. The Memorial Column to the Shipwreck of the Sloop Aurora. It honors those who lost their lives because of the shipwreck of the sloop Aurora.

Memorial Column to the Shipwreck of the Sloop Aurora / Columna Conmemorativa Naufragio Balandra Aurora
Memorial Column to the Shipwreck of the Sloop Aurora / Columna Conmemorativa Naufragio Balandra Aurora

On Sunday, September 27, 1908 he sloop Aurora was trying to enter the port to escape a torrential storm that was raging in the Caribbean. People watched as the ship crashed and sank off the beach Placer de los Estudios (Playa Placer is located at the mouth of Rio Ozama). The crew clung desperately to a tree as the storm raged on. A few Dominican men tried to rescue these crew members, but all lives were lost.

Located on the coral cliffs of the Caribbean Sea on the Malecon, Santo Domingo is the Memorial Column to the Shipwreck of the Sloop Aurora.
Located on the coral cliffs of the Caribbean Sea on the Malecon, Santo Domingo is the Memorial Column to the Shipwreck of the Sloop Aurora.

The monument dedicated to the memory of the Balandra Arora was built in 1910 to commemorate the tragic loss of lives. There was once a plaque at the bottom of the monument inspired by Federico Henriquez and Carvajal. The plaque read “Al ver la nave zozobrar perdida, un noble razgo les costó la vida” / “When seeing the ship capsize lost, a noble reason cost them the life”. The plaque also included the names of those who lost their lives on Sunday, September 27, 1908. The heroic Dominicans are Casimiro Almonte, José Cuevas, Miguel Veloz, José Maíz and Eusebio Lugo. The crew members of the Balandra Arora who lost their lives are Miguel Pérez, Juan Ramón Mandia and Rican Hilario Martínez.

The Memorial Column to the Shipwreck of the Sloop Aurora.
The Memorial Column to the Shipwreck of the Sloop Aurora.

Did you know? – A sloop / balandra is a sailing boat with a single mast. It typically has one headsail in front of the mast, and one mainsail aft of (behind) the mast.

Location:

Paseo Presidente Padre Billini, better known as the Malecon of Santo Domingo or Avenida George Washington, and Calle Sanchez. The memorial sits on the coral reefs of the Caribbean Sea, Ciudad Colonial, Santo Domingo, Republica Dominicana.

Reference: Imagenes de Nuestra Historia RD – Facebook