Casa Amarilla, Costa Rica

Discover Costa Rica’s history at the Casa Amarilla, which nowadays houses the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Casa Amarilla, Costa Rica
Casa Amarilla
© Robert Bruce

The Casa Amarilla (Yellow House), which takes the name from its ochre coloured facade, should be one of your must-sees in San José. It has a neo-colonial architectural style with neo-Baroque décors that give it a solid and, at the same time, stark look.

This singular Costa Rican building was built by the American architect Henry D. Whitfield in 1916, thanks to the funds donated by the philanthropist Andrew Carnegie with the aim to be the Seat of the Costa Rican Court of Justice. However, it was the Seat of the Legislative Assembly and the Presidential House during the early 1920s.

The President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, visited the country in 1963 and planted himself a ceiba tree at the entrance of the building, on the occasion of the remodelling that doubled its size. A time when it was also built the famous Golden Room.

The Yellow House was declared a national monument in 1976 and it is historical and architectural heritage of Costa Rica which, nowadays, houses the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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