Photographer Makes Push to Preserve House in Dominican Republic

International, Preservation
Friday, January 31, 2014
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(Courtesy Giovanni Savino)

(Courtesy Giovanni Savino)

I met Giovanni Savino at a breakfast meeting, and he asked if I could help him save an enormous house in the Dominican Republic. Savino is a photographer interested in documenting and preserving cultural oral history. He is so passionate about this house that he has self-published a photo-book called Thirty Three Doors: La Casa Del Sol.

(Courtesy Giovanni Savino)

(Courtesy Giovanni Savino)

In his words, “My work was primarily motivated by a sense of impermanence…that this house and marvelous mnemonic capsule it embodied wasn’t to last much longer …[due to] a brutal agenda of urban ‘modernization,’ quite rampant in many Dominican cities nowadays.”

There is also a virtual tour on his web site with music and oral history. The website is delightful, and one can see a full panorama of the house and click on many of the thirty-three doors.

(Courtesy Giovanni Savino)

(Courtesy Giovanni Savino)

(Courtesy Giovanni Savino)

(Courtesy Giovanni Savino)

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