Lectures

Tuesday
May
14
7:00 pm

Charles Tonetti “The Aguirre, Puerto Rico Sugar Mill.”

In early 2018 Tonetti spent a month in Puerto Rico documenting the condition of hundreds of damaged historic structures.  While there he visited Aguirre, a company town with two historic districts: a sugar mill and the town itself. Boston investors owned and developed Aguirre starting in 1900. It was one of the largest and most productive sugar complexes in the 20th century, as well as one of the most technologically advanced mills. The mill slowly declined in the late 20th century until it closed in 1990.  Since then there have been tentative plans to turn the mill into a park.