A corner of the Jose V. Toledo Federal Building and Courthouse in Old San Jose, Puerto Rico.

The Jose V. Toledo Federal Building and Courthouse stands in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. The United States built this only a few years after gaining the island from Spain. Over the years, as fashion changed, the government removed or replaced bits and pieces. Then, in the late 1990s, it underwent a series of restorations. Today, it looks similar to how it did originally.

In addition to the building’s changes over the year, the city of Old San Juan has changed as well. While much of the city looks the same as it did years ago, new office buildings and hotels have sprung up around its edges. Today, the federal building is surrounded by higher bank and office buildings. So while it no longer stands above its neighbors, it still stands out as an exquisite example of Puerto Rico architecture.

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James Smith