Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Update on the Graña House

Back in August I made mention of the house above, located on the corner of Av. Salaverry and Jirón Mariátegui in Lima's Jesús María district in relation to its appearing in a 1944 film about life in Lima, Lima Family. In 1944 it was occupied by the Graña Garland family, whose scion, Francisco Graña, was a noted physician and surgeon.

In 2003 one of the last, if not the last, surviving children of Dr. Graña, Mocha, passed away in the house after a long illness. The property, alredy neglected at that time, sat apparently empty for some time thereafter.

I happened to be strolling by this morning and, noticing a plaque near the doorway and a seal above it, I approached to take closer look. Nowadays, it turns out, the grand old house is occupied and used by San Marcos University's School of Letters and Humanities.

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