- Location: Cuesta de Moras, San Jose
- Date of construction: 1937
- Current use: Legislative Assembly (Government)
The Legislative Assembly is analogous to the house of parlament in other countries. 57 representatives work hard to study, discuss, and pass new legislation from this building. Ok, that last sentence is probably way too idealist, but that's what is says in the Constitution.
The offices are housed in two buildings: the modern congress building, started in 1937, and the smaller "Blue Castle" building, which dates back to 1911.
The Blue Castle takes its name from the architectural design, which was meant to imitate the style of european castles. Originally it was a privately owned residence, built by Máximo Fernández, presidential candidate. When Fernández lost the election to Alfredo González Flores in 1914, he abandoned the project, but rented the house to Flores. It became the presidential residence up until 1927, when it became the Embassy of the United States of America. The Embassy was transferred in 1930, and the building came to be occupied by private enterprises.
In 1937 the congress building was started, initially thought to become a replacement for the presidential residence. With the coming of World War II construction came to a halt, and it was until 1958 that the building was completed and assigned to the legislative assembly. The office of the President was built in Zapote, a nearby suburb, and the presidential residence to this day is nonexistant: the president lives in his private home, wherever it may be located.
In 1989 the Blue Castle was purchased by the state and annexed as part of the Legislative complex.
In 2010, due to lack of maintenance and compliance with building codes, the Ministry of Health ordered the Blue Castle to be closed and the offices evicted. The structure remains, but most of the offices have been relocated to other parts of the city.