History of the Building

Las Clementinas was built in the 1930s by Clementina Herrera and her daughter Clementina Jaén, owner of a successful jewelry shop. The site sits on top of the original city wall built by the Spanish in the 1700s to defend Casco Antiguo from attack, which was dismantled in the booming 1850s to make way for more development.

After Doña Clementinas jewelry shop moved, the downstairs commercial space (now the Café and Bar) were leased to the National Police, whose nearby station known as “La Secreta” (the Secret Police) was notorious during the dictatorship.

Directly behind the building is a garden, sold at the turn of the century by the Government to Ramon Arias Feraud with the express restriction that the lot never be used “other than as a garden for the conservation and embellishment of the city.” And so it shall remain…