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Polo Norte

15 May, 2016

San Juan is a gem of a city, with Art Deco gems at varying stages of disrepair and restoration.

It is also home to this wonderful tiled facade of a former soda factory (now a bar). The Author is a particular fan of the green bottles raining down next in the first image.

The Polo Norte soda factory was founded by Captain Ángel Rivero Méndez, a Puerto Rican soldier who fired the first shot against the United States in Puerto Rico in the Spanish-American war (a dubious honor). After the war, he retired from military service and founded the Polo Norte soda company in 1902.


San Juan, Puerto Rico (2015)

Here is a slightly better image from the Polo Norte website (the bright sun and stark shadows made photography difficult for the Author).


3 Comments leave one →
  1. Dadork permalink
    16 May, 2016 8:13 am

    Beautiful! Great that the new use (bar) works with the tile decoration (bottles).

    • 16 May, 2016 2:04 pm

      I regret that Amy and I didn’t have a chance to go inside! Don’t the falling green bottles remind you of that wonderful artist Mariel Capanna?

  2. Dadork permalink
    17 May, 2016 8:19 am

    Yes, they do!

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