Balcones de San Juan/The Balconies of Old San Juan,
Puerto Rico is pleased to present the
photographic works of photographer Jack E.
As a staff member of the Historic American
Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering
Record (HABS/HAER) of the United States National
Parks Service, Mr. Boucher photographed and
documented many residential and commercial
buildings in Old San Juan during January 1967. Back
in 1960, Mr. Boucher had also photographed the
Spanish colonial forts and the city walls of Old
San Juan for the Historic American Buildings
The walled city of Old San Juan is a historic
district of narrow cobblestoned streets,
pastel-colored colonial architecture and lovely
A massive restoration project was started in Old
San Juan to commemorate in 1993 the 500th
anniversary of Columbus' sighting of Puerto Rico.
Many of San Juan's old buildings had been neglected
and in disrepair. Preservation and reinvigoration
efforts turned Old San Juan into a major tourist
destination in itself.
Old San Juan's buildings and fortifications,
protected by such designations as National Historic
Zone, National Historic Site and World Heritage
Site, are among the best preserved of Spain's
Committed to historic preservation, the Historic
American Buildings Survey/Historic American
Engineering Record (HABS/HAER) documents important
architectural, engineering and industrial sites
dating from the seventeenth to the twentieth
To ensure that such evidence is not lost to future
generations, the HABS/HAER Collections are archived
at the U.S.
where they are made available to the public.
The material used in this photographic exhibit is a
courtesy of the Historic American Buildings
Survey/Historic American Engineering Record. Our
sincere thanks to Mr. Jack E. Boucher.