chapter  9
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A coda to a sense of place

The Klumb House, 1947–1984
WithCesar A. Cruz

This chapter takes a long view of the house that Klumb and his family lived in for thirty-six years, that is, nearly the entire time that they lived in Puerto Rico. Originally a nineteenth century farmhouse, Klumb made dramatic changes to the house so as to turn it and the surrounding grounds into an almost wholly unimpeded demonstration of how people can live in places that are free of barriers, both physical and visual, between themselves and the outdoors. The main argument of this chapter is that this longtime house deeply affected Klumb’s naturalistic worldview as well as his penchant for open air rooms.