During the sad and violent events of January 9, 1964 which led to the turning over of the Panama Canal Zone to the Republic of Panama, an iconic elegant building was sacked and torched. I’m referring to the PanAm building on the Fourth of July Avenue.
I recall walking through the rubble of the area bordering the fence that divided Panama City from the Canal Zone and saw the destruction caused by fires and bullets barraged from soldiers shooting from the Tivoli Hotel up on a nearby hill. But that’s a story for another day. Probably next week I’ll post a few pictures commemorating the patriotic events of 1964.
After the historic incidents, the building was purchased by the Panama Government and the name was changed to BDA (Banco de Desarrollo Hipotecario). The former luster of this once iconic building is now gone. As a matter of fact, nobody remembers it was once owned by the powerful Pan American World Airways corporation.
Pan American World Airways, commonly known as Pan Am, was the principal and largest international air carrier in the United States from 1927 until its collapse on December 4, 1991. Identified by its blue globe logo, the use of the word “Clipper” in aircraft names and call signs, and the white pilot uniform caps, the airline was a cultural icon of the 20th century.
Below are a couple of shots remembering the PanAm building in Panama City, Panama.
This is the real value of a photograph; it is able to capture history for future generations. The former PanAm building will remain with us for a very long time; providing that WordPress survives the hyper competitive environment of cyberspace. Good Day.