The Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation finances the restoration of Casa Barrientos in Izalco
The “Casa Barrientos”, in the city of Izalco, Sonsonate, was declared a National Monument on October 10, 1991. It is currently being restored thanks to the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation and under the direction of a Salvadoran woman, the architect Sara Paredes . Architect Paredes is a FANTEL fellow and she has a master’s degree in energy efficiency and sustainable environment from the Ramón Llull University, in Barcelona.
Charge d’Affaires Jean Manes and Mayor of Izalco Sergio Arias met with Sara Paredes and her team, 100% local workers, to see first-hand the progress in the restoration of this monument. The works consist on the stabilization of the structure, installation of a security equipment, fire protection system, air conditioners and lighting.
The Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation is a Department of State program that supports the preservation of archaeological sites, historic buildings and monuments, museum collections, and forms of traditional cultural expression, such as indigenous languages and crafts. This grant is delivered annually, by the United States Government, through its Embassies, to competing projects in all countries of the world. The Casa Barrientos project was chosen among 21 other projects worldwide. This is the twelfth time that El Salvador has received this award. The United States granted $ 245,750 to carry out this project with which it is expected that, in addition to continue being an important national monument, the historic Casa Barrientos will become a cultural center for Izalco.