The Philippine Daily Inquirer today reports that the 89-year-old Luneta Hotel, touted as “the only structure reminiscent of French Renaissance architecture with Filipino stylized beaux arts in the country,” is undergoing structural rehabilitation and would be restored to its prewar glory.
A national historical landmark built in 1918, the Luneta Hotel at T. M. Kalaw St. fronting the Luneta Park is one of the few remaining structures that survived WWII. It was declared a historical landmark by the National Historical Institute and is protected by PD 1505.
The new owners, bound by law not to alter nor destroy the original edifice, say they are doing restoration work, not demolition. Full restoration and rehabilitation is expected to be finished in three years’ time.
Photo above is a back view of the landmark, its old architectural design catching my attention as I looked outside of the window from a hotel nearby. My misfortune I never had the chance to get around the few blocks and take a frontal shot. Photo taken in 2005.
Read the Inquirer’s full story: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/metro