Photo of the Week
February 10, 2019
Back on December 30, 2018 I posted an old photo of the wooden Diablo Elementary School which most Pacific Side residents went to or remember. Well, CZ Images contributor Bill Fall was snapped these two photos in 2014 shown here of the building that stands in that foot print today. We are not sure exactly, but the building looks an awful lot like the old wooden building. I think they used the old building and renovated. The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) are the owners of this building. Here is an article I found from the Panama newspaper La Prensa. Although it doesn't exactly state that this building was the old building remodeled, it hints a little towards that. Plus, I would think that if the constructed a brand new building, they would have done a more modern architecture. The building is exactly where the old building stood for many years. You can see the old gym still standing behind the building. Here is the article:
The article mentions Albrook as the AMP has a building there as well which is a old barracks converted and renovated.
One thing that brought back memories that I haven't thought of in a long time is the stone retaining wall next to the sidewalk. I remember this wall well along with the larger one across the street holding back the hill on that side of the road.
The photo on the very bottom is one that I found on the Internet that shows the AMP was using the old wooden building at first.
Ultimately, it would be so nice to know at least part of the old building is under all that and will live for another 70+ years....
Thank you for sending in the photos Bill.
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