This was the most outstanding villa of El Cerro, district that since the early 19th century was chosen as a favourite summer spot or as permanent residence. The splendid one-story mansion is still gained access from a tree-lined avenue, and its once extensive gardens abounded with marble fountains, benches and sculptures, a feature that would later typify Vedado mansions. The 40-meter long portal was delimited by a colonnade, an element which would also distinguish the city of Havana, which the Cuban writer novelist, essayist and musicologist Alejo Carpentier would dub “The City of Columns”. The movable partitions and fanlights of the interiors, besides diffusing the bright tropical sunlight, also played a decorative role. Today, the villa is an old people’s home.