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  • Edificio SteinvorthGo to http://www.flickr.com/photos/29723496@N08/
  • Edificio SteinvorthGo to http://www.flickr.com/photos/29723496@N08/
  • Edificio SteinvorthGo to http://www.flickr.com/photos/29723496@N08/
  • Edificio SteinvorthGo to http://www.flickr.com/photos/29723496@N08/
  • Edificio SteinvorthGo to http://www.flickr.com/photos/29723496@N08/
  • Edificio SteinvorthGo to http://www.flickr.com/photos/29723496@N08/
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Location: Central, San Jose
Date of construction: 1907
Current use: Office space - Entertainment

Built by Otto Steinvorth in 1907, the Steinvorth building imitates stone masonry construction. It has a series of fine sculptural details on its facade, as well as steel and glass elements of clear european influence.

Otto Steinvorth was a german businessman, who ran one of the most important foreign imports warehouses in the city at the turn of the 20th century. Back then, there was no steel or industrial activity in Costa Rica, and most merchandise was imported from abroad. The Steinvorth enterprise had a warehouse inside this building, which originally took up most of the block.

During World War II, Steinvorth was deported to the United States for (presumably) being a Nazi sympathizer, and his properties and merchandise seized by the government. His heirs later recovered the warehouse and had it declared a historical building. But by the time it was intervened for preservation, a large part had been demolished and sold for other purposes.

What was left of the building was restored, and currently functions as offices and a bar.

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