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Guide to the Alberto F. Porta Papers, 1881-1990
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This collection documents a portion of the career of architect and professor Alberto F. Porta. Included in collection are clippings, correspondence, academic writings, newsletters, architectural drawings and photographs.
Alberto Francisco Porta, born in Mondovi, Italy in 1853, was a civil engineer and architect trained at the University of Turin. In 1894, at the request of the Guatemala government to serve as architect for the reconstruction of structures damaged by earthquakes and revolutions, Porta moved his family to Quesaltenango, Guatemala. The request to come to Guatemala was handled through the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). In Quesaltenango, Porta worked on rebuilding bridges and buildings.
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