Altos de Chavon has always seemed larger than life and centuries old to me. My childhood imagination dreamed up visions of explorers building this village to stake their claim on the island. As I came to learn however, this mythical place came into being not by the hands of centuries old explorers but from the creative minds of Italian master designer and cinematographer, Roberto Coppa & his partner on this project, Charles Bluhdorn in the late 1970s.
Blasphemy! I thought at first. How could this be? How could I have missed the “man behind the curtain” for so long? How had I let my imagination take such a firm grip on my perception of the history here at Altos de Chavón?
Simple. Extraordinary measures were taken to bring Mr. Coppa & Mr. Bluhdorn’s vision, of a medieval European village, into existence. All it takes is a step through the giant handcrafted doorways or a stroll along the carved stone sidewalks to realize that when it came to the fabrication of Altos, no detail was spared. Indeed, true artisans and craftsmen were put to work here.
This fantastic article about Casa de Campo was written by Tina Hofer, who has been visiting Casa de Campo for over 20 years and over the next few months Tina will be sharing more of here Casa de Campo memories and photos with us!
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