Orchidarium that Wilson Popenoe built among the "ruin" in the main garden of the house, in the early 1940's. Francisco Marroquin University recently carried out the recovery of the orchids. Currently there are more than 42 endemic species, from different parts of Guatemala.
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Casa Popenoe is the first restored house following archaeological principles, what is known today as “Colonial-style” in Antigua Guatemala. Its influence is unimaginable and has enriched the city and its surroundings.
Plan Your Visit
To learn about the different and fascinating aspects of Casa Popenoe, we offer three unique guided tours:
Easter (Holy Week), November 1st (Día de los muertos), between Christmas and New Year, and for private events.
History of Casa Popenoe
The story of Casa Popenoe is intertwined with many other stories, all of which contribute to the history of this unique residence. For example, the story of the relocation of the capital city of Guatemala from Antigua to what is now Guatemala City; the impact that earthquakes have had on Guatemalan architecture; the role of foreigners in preserving colonial architecture as cultural heritage; and the vision of one man and his wife to undertake the titanic restoration of this property... The following timeline allows us to understand more how all these stories are interwoven in the history of Casa Popenoe and what were the most significant events.