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Casa Manila Museum Intramuros Manila


Casa Manila Museum Intramuros Manila


  • Casa Manila is a reproduced Grand Mansion which is fully furnished in furniture and other objects from the period of the Spanish Regime prior to the 1896 Philippines Revolution. During World War 11 much of Intramuros was destroyed, first by the Japanese and then later the U.S. air and ground invasion forces. Hence Casa Manila is a reconstruction but a very fine one in deed. Casa Manila is a reproduction of an original Grand Mansion of the merchant Don Severino Mendoza
  • Casa Manila is opposite San Augustin Church on the inter sections of Calle Real, Cabildo, General Luna and Urdaneta Strrets in Intramuros. Similar grand houses in Intramuros are Los Hidalgos circa 1650 and Cuyugan Mansion circa 1890.
  • Today it is a venue for tourists to display the grand life style of the wealthy in Intramuros before the 1996 Philippines Revolution. The Museum in a real home like setting of the period displays artifacts in a setting to take one back in time to see the life of the affluent in 19th Intramuros. It is well worth the visit. The people of this period were called the ''Ilustrado'' and they enjoyed a life of luxury  and style, good food, travel, a European education, and space and refinement in their living accommodation.
  • Casa Manila is interesting for both its architecture and it museum contents.
  • The key architecture features. As can be seen in the images here, the three floor building is construction on the edge of the property line along the two streets as was the style in Intramuros. All such houses had a patio which one would access from the streets through the main doors. Patios we used so as to draw in light and air. Within the patio would be plants for decoration and fountains for atmosphere and cooling. The patios were also important for bringing horses and carriages off the street and access to the stables.A key design feature of the period was the patio. Here one leads into the House complex from Calle Real. This provided space, cool air in the evenings, sunshine and daylight within the building surrounding it. It also served as the carriageway for the horses and carriages. The architecture with the overhanging wooden gallery, the balconies and facade is Spanish. The color regime of maroon and yellow is local.



Inside Casa Manila Museum Intramuros Manila