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Memories of Casa de Campo: Mysterious La Romana

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In this week’s ‘Memories of casa de Campo’ post our wonderful weekly writer Carol Burke brings us photos and stories of down-town La Romana, which has now changed totally – many of the places Carol talks about have now disappeared altogether! For those of you who knew La Romana in the 1980’s this is a real walk down memory lane!

All architecture is shelter, all great architecture is the design of space that contains, cuddles, exalts, or stimulates the persons in that space. — Philip Johnson

The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization. – Frank Lloyd Wright

La Romana was on the main road to Casa de Campo.  It was only two miles from the Casa de Campo entrance to the Rio Dulce bridge at La Romana.

Crossing the River to La Romana
01 Crossing the River to La Romana.jpg

Every week I would drive to La Romana to shop at the Farmacia, the Ferreteria, H-M Grocery, and other places.

There were many interesting buildings and places in La Romana.

The La Romana car wash was one of them.   One would leave the car for a wash and wax, and sit at a table under the bright orange canopy for a snack and a Presidente or soda pop until the car was clean.

Detailing and a Drink at the La Romana Car Wash
02 Detailing and a Drink

I remember parallel parking on a La Romana street, near downtown, one afternoon.  People were staring at me and I didn’t know why until I got out of the car and found that there was a six-foot-deep sink-hole in the pavement near the curb and I had missed going into it by just a few inches.  Whew!

Main Street Downtown
03 Main Street Downtown

There was the building where the Dominican Watchman congregated.

Watchmen
04 Watchmen La Romana

The houses in La Romana were built in many different styles and years.  Some were large substantial family homes made from stone and paneled with beautiful wood inside.

Lovely Stone House
05 Lovely Stone House

Some were traditional houses with a big shady front porch.

Shady Porch House
06 Shady Porch House

Some of the houses had privacy landscaping with hedges and trees,

Privacy Landscaping in Garden
07 Privacy Landscaping in Garden

while other houses had an open-door design.

House with Open-Door
08 House with Open-Door

There were beautiful homes with a contemporary design in concrete,

Contemporary Design House
09 Contemporary Design House

and intriguing houses surrounded by tall stone walls.

House with Tall Stone Walls
10 House with Tall Stone Walls

and there were small houses made in the Dominican folk tradition decorated with children’s writing and drawings.

Small Blue Folk House
11 Small Blue Folk House

Walking around La Romana was an exciting experience.  There were mysterious places that seemed to be hidden away right near the center of town,

Graffiti Wall with Sun Sculpture
12 Graffiti Wall with Sun Sculpture

and other mysterious places right on the main street.

Bella Green Disco
13 Bella Green Disco

La Romana was a town with many locations and destinations.

There was the Bucanero del Rey

Bucanero del Rey
14 Bucanero del Rey

and the Café Babilonia

Café Babilonia
15 Café Babilonia

La Romana may have seemed, at first glance, to be just a small town, but as I got to know La Romana better, I found a very complex urban environment that encompassed hundreds of years of history, and a wealth of interesting architecture and lifestyles.

Many thanks to Carol Burke for another wonderful article! If anyone would like to view Carol’s photos in higher resolution or download them, you can do some by visiting her flickr account here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dandelion-tree/collections/72157624697056850/

Also below are links to all of Carol’s previous articles!

Memories of Casa de Campo: La Romana Landmarks

Memories of Casa de Campo: The Children of Casa – part 1
Memories of Casa de Campo: Children in Casa – Part Two
Memories of Casa de Campo: Dueños 1991-Polo
Memories of Casa de Campo: The Casa Coast

Memories of Casa de Campo: Sweet Things in Casa
Memories of Casa de Campo: Afternoon Appetizers
Memories of Casa de Campo: The Casa Coast
Memories of Casa de Campo: Donkey Polo As It Was Then
Memories of Casa de Campo: An Afternoon at Caña Bar
Memories of Casa de Campo: Summer Reflections
Memories of Casa de Campo: Exploring the Batey in the Year of the Oxen-1997
Memories of Casa de Campo: The Fiestas of Altos de Chavon
Memories of Casa de Campo: The Friday Market in La Romana
Memories of Casa de Campo: A Visit to Boca Chavon Village with a View to Casa de Campo
Memories of Casa de Campo: Walking to Boca Chavon, Where the River Meets the Sea.
Memories of Casa de Campo: The Casa de Campo Cookbook
Memories of Casa de Campo: Altos Every Moment
Memories of Casa de Campo:The Trees Where I Lived
Memories of Casa de Campo: The Skies of Casa de Campo
Memories of Casa de Campo: Sports and Activities
Memories of Casa de Campo: From Café El Patio to Altos de Chavon After the Hurricane
Memories of Casa de Campo: Before and After Hurricane Georges
Memories of Casa de Campo: Surveying the Damage After Hurricane Georges
Memories of Casa de Campo: Café del Sol, a Leafy Retreat from the Day
Memories of Casa de Campo: Walking on the Wild Side of Casa de Campo – From Altos with Love
Memories of Casa de Campo: Trees, Flowers and Gardens – From Heavenly to Humble
Memories of Casa de Campo: around La Romana with the in-laws
Memories of Casa de Campo: remembering La Romana
Memories of Casa de Campo – A Roadside Attraction on the Way to La Romana
Memories of Casa de Campo: the magic of Christmas time!
Memories of Casa: Casa Kids on the Beach at Dueños ‘91
Memories of Casa de Campo – The Dancing Dueños
Memories of Casa de Campo: “Miss, Mrs. & Mr. Dueños ‘91″
Memories of Casa de Campo – Art Exhibits in the Altos de Chavon Art Gallery
Memories of Casa de Campo: Polo Season
Memories of Casa de Campo: ‘Villa Visions’ Magazine
Memories of Casa de Campo: Altos de Chavon is a Work of Art
Memories of Casa de Campo – the Altos de Chavon amphitheater
Memories of Casa de Campo: The Magic of Altos de Chavon
Memories of Casa de Campo: Walking Daisy Dandelion on the Teeth of the Dog
Memories of Casa de Campo: Hello, my name is Carol
Memories of Casa de Campo: Punta Aguila airport

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