Casa Roig
66 Antonio Lopez Street
Humacao, Puerto Rico

Open for tours 10:00am to 4:00pm, Wednesday - Sunday

Antonin Nechodoma, 1919

Like the Korber House, the design of this home for sugar baron Don Antonio Roig was ripped directly from the pages of Wright's Wasmuth Folio. This time, it was the Westcott House of Springfield, Ohio, that Nechodoma plagiarized. Also like the Korber, the similarities with the original Wright design are striking, and the differences are brilliant. The highly colorful use of opalescent glass mosaics and leaded art glass make Nechodoma's interpretation of the Prairie School an entirely original achievement.

The two-story T-shaped Casa Roig has strong horizontal features and wide, projecting cornices. The Prairie School-patterned iron work in the front gates and porch grille features the tree of life motif.

This is one of the many buildings that Nechodoma produced for the wealthy of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. The Roig family donated the house to the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao in 1977. The University completed the restoration of Casa Roig in 1989 and opened it as a Regional Museum. It remains as one of Nechodoma’s best and most intact surviving buildings.

Photos and research by Wayne W. Wood.

• Thomas S. Marvel.: Antonin Nechodoma: The Prairie School in the Caribbean. Gainesville, Florida: University Press of Florida, 1994.





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