Description from the publisher
Built in 1840 for José Pomar, a wealthy merchant from Mallorca, Spain, the Picó Pomar Residence represents the austerity and elegance of the Spanish neoclassical style. During the second half of the 19th century, it functioned as one of Puerto Rico's most active and important import-export centers. With store and storage space at ground level and residence quarters above, the building follows 19th-century Spanish urban tradition. During the Spanish-American War the house was occupied by Lt. Col. Rafael Martínez Illescas of the Spanish army, who was killed in the conflict, and later by U.S. General James Harrison Wilson (1837-1925). The property and its contents were purchased by Coamo's Municipal Government and turned into a museum.