The Campos de Gutierrez Foundation
Campos de Gutiérrez hosts the majority of its programs in a restored 19th-century building that was originally conceived as a coffee hacienda and that today functions as a testimony to Medellin’s history and idiosyncrasy. The building itself, one of the few surviving two-story rammed earth structures of its era, is an architectural icon of the New Granada, with high ceilings, spacious rooms, and slanted balconies intended for the sun-drying of coffee beans. The building and the objects within it have been well preserved, and many of the original fixtures, furniture, and art objects are displayed throughout, while others have been archived for preservation purposes.
This property has witnessed the many historic transformations of the region and has served an iconic center for various communities. As a result of political instability, the house was left empty and abandoned during the first decade of the 21st century. The Campos de Gutiérrez Foundation was established in 2011 with the aim to eliminate international stigma by promoting cultural and artistic projects that generate a deeper understanding of the region.