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Salcines Palace

In 1919 the civil and hydraulic engineer José Leticio Salcines Morlote materialized the idea of building a palace in the exact heart of the city, majestic building in an eclectic style and influenced by des Beanx Arts.

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The building is raised on a focal corner of the city on a cornered lateral almost quadrate whose the architect obtained the best benefit with regard to the use of the spaces and in the treatment that received.

The corner was emphasized with a nervate cupola that organized hierarchically the whole building. Each level responded to a different spatial structure, caused for the variegated uses that they were designed.

Salcines breaks with the traditional schemes on the floors of the colonial houses.

The bathroom in this building stopped being an insolated and retired at the bottom in order to be integrated to the bedrooms.

The decoration of the house was realized by Buenaventura Morando, a man from Barcelona who recreated the main hall with big murals and particulars borders for each space.

The impressionable cupola, designed in a neoclassic style, is placed at the high part of the Palace and constitutes and element of bigger formal significance in the building, works as an observatory and on it The "Fama" is raised, a piece engraved by the Italian Américo Chini. In this building the eclecticism is exhibited with a lot of strength and besides elements that by their remind The Catalan art-nauruan are inserted.

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On the just floor was the main Post Office of the city until 1994, that caused perceptible changes in the inner part, like the sealing of the chandelier and a very convenient structural reenforcing.

On the second floor there was a dwelling-house until 1994 and the third one was compromised with the Municipal Syndicate of Education until the same date.

When the building was free began the restoration taking charge of it Architect Alberto Brauet and Engineer Raúl Ríos. In 1999 were started the restoration works of mural pictures until realize the 70% of them.

At the present time in the first floor is Salcines Art Gallery, on the second one the Decorative Art Museum and the third floor is taken by the Provincial Center of Cultural Patrimony.