Last Sunday I decided to go out and take a walk, since it was boiling inside my house. It was really hot. I headed for the hills in search of fresh air and breathing space.
Near the Panama Canal is a hill known as Ancon Hill which houses very nice looking homes. The area is known as Balboa Heights. Most of the time, there’s a nice cool breeze fanning the place, and the area is totally surrounded with thick lush vegetation. It’s a perfect place to get away from steamy Panama City during the dry season.
One of the most beautiful buildings in Balboa Heights is the Governor’s House. This house was built in the town of Culebra in 1906 as the official residence of Chief Engineer, John F. Stevens when he arrived at the Isthmus to build the Panama Canal.
Being near the construction site, the house was a silent witness to the huge dynamite blasts, the roaring trains carrying tons of dirt and rocks, the mud slides at Culebra Cut during the rainy season, and the pain of the dying patients of yellow fever and malaria.
When the Canal was finished in 1914, the house was disassembled and moved to Balboa Heights where it would be used as the official residence of the Panama Canal Governors until 1979. It is now the official residence of the Administrator of the Panama Canal Authority.
According to Panama Canal records, the Governor’s House total cost was $19,773 in 1906 U.S. dollars. It cost almost that much to move it from Culebra to Balboa Heights in 1914—$16,300.
Naturally, while visiting Balboa Heights, I took several photographs of the Governor’s House. This is what I saw last Sunday late afternoon about 5:00 p.m. (-5 GMT). Here we go.
If you happen to be in Panama City, a tour to Balboa Heights is a must. The fresh air, the scenery of Panama City down below, elegant residences, and beautiful Ancon Hill will fascinate you. Please drop over if you can. Good Day.
Source: The Governor’s House by CZ Brats