Notes on the Geography of Uruguay: Montevideo: Pocitos to Carrasco: Photo 24
The house was built in 1914 for Andres Mendizabal, a Basque who had arrived in 1870. It was sold in the 1940s to Don Joaquin Secco Illa and then again in the 1970s for $70,000 to a German resident of Chile, Guillermo Schiess. His son inherited the house but abandoned it. Threatened with a punitive tax on abandoned properties, the son sold the house to the Scotia Bank, which said it planned to restore it.
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