Photo of the Week
October 1, 2017

After posting the photo of the week last week and my question of what the old building is today after it was gutted by fire in 2008 I received a most welcome email from a czimages visitor Carlos Lopez.  Carlos lives in Panama and while running an errand at the old Gorgas Hospital complex (now the Health Ministry of Panama) he had to park his car in a parking are next the old building.  To much surprise, the building has been superbly rebuilt.  Carlos returned to the building the next day with his camera and took these great photos all around the building.   Carlos is now a CZ Images contributor.  Thank you Carlos for taking the time to take these wonderful photos and send them in.

It appears that they used the shell of the building and built within and out.  There are less windows now and the structure that was originally above the second floor was not rebuilt but a third floor constructed above the second floor. I found an article on the web that put out bids to rebuild the building back in 2013 at an estimated cost of $9 million to rebuild.

I found out that this building was home to the Panama Maritime Tribunal when it burned.  According to the Panama Guide website it was figured that the fire was caused by arson.

According to an article from the TradeWinds - The Global Shipping News Source - February 25th, 2016 the Panama Maritime Courts are moving back into the old court house.

You can see in these photos an underground parking, a generator and fire escapes enclosed with glass or Plexiglas.

They did a great job bringing this historic old building back to life again.




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