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Heritage linked to American investment in Cuba to be restore

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Heritage linked to American investment in Cuba to be restore

Cienfuegos, Cuba, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) The Office of Monuments and Historic Sites of this south-central province of the island will undetake the restoration of a heritage building linked to American investment during the XIX century, a local media reported today.
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It is the Atkins-Sarría House, located in the community of the former Soledad sugar mill (renamed pepito Tey in 1960) specified the office´s director, Clara Soto, in a statement given to the digital newspaper 5 de Septiembre.

The two-story building, whose construction dates back to 1848, represents one of the most valuable examples of colonial architecture in the territory, according to the expert.

For its restoration there is a project of the University of Cienfuegos, which we expect will begin this year, Soto said.

In 1886, the property was acquired by the American bussinessman Edwin Atkins, and it turned into the first American capital investement on the island.

In outlying areas to the sugar factory, the North American industrialist fostered in 1901 an experimental station for botanical research dedicated to improving sugar cane varieties through a process of hybridization and selection.

Nowadays, it is the Cienfuegos Botanical Garden.

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