House of city of Cartago (Pirie building)

House of city of Cartago (Pirie building)

House of the City of Cartago (Edificio Pirie) Ph + (506) 2550-2340, Ph (506) 2550-2060
E-mail: jperez@itcr.ac.cr https://www.tec.ac.cr/ubicaciones/casa-ciudad Hours of operation: Monday to Friday from 2:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

History of the Building

The Pirie building was built in the 1880s by the priest Fulgencio Bonilla. Its original structure was made in calicanto, which for the time was the most advanced mode of construction in the city of Cartago. At the beginning of the 20th century, Alejandro Pirie arrived, a pharmacist from Canada, who purchased the redoubt to install his house and the Botica Carthage, which occupied the corner that currently constitutes the temporary exhibition hall. Pirie also begins the construction of the second floor, in which a construction technique is applied that today is called ferrocement and that consists of the combination of materials. It is one of the few buildings that survived the earthquake that in 1910 devastated the city of Cartago. In the 1940s, the Pirie family began relocating to other locations and, after the political events of the 1948 War, the building was acquired by the Costa Rican government. This is how the Municipality of Cartago, the Government, the Post Office, the Health Unit, and doctors’ offices are installed in the building.

In 1971, the Technological of Costa Rica was founded in the Pirie building.

As property of the TEC the building has fulfilled various functions of service to the community. In addition, the university promoted, before the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, the declaration as a Relic of Historical-Cultural Interest, by decree 169.983-C, published in Gazette No. 86 of May 9, 1986. Its condition as Historical-Cultural Relic is based on the diversity of private and public functions that the building has fulfilled in the Carthaginian and national society. Especially because those diverse activities have been fundamental in the improvement of the quality of life of the citizen.