Araullo Building in Intramuros
Heritage structures that deserve better.
The Araullo Building in Intramuros is the only other building that survived the Battle of Manila. Built in the 1920s, the structure is considered a culturally significant property due to its longevity.
The building is currently used by COMELEC as an annex, and the building is in need of restoration. How much nicer would it be if this particular building was used as a museum or even a hostel instead?
It’s not too late, though. Maybe this can still happen in the future. For now, we can only dream.
The Araullo Building was built in 1915 and was designed by Architect George Corner Fenhagen. It stands right next to the Palacio Arzopbispal compound, just south of Plaza Willard. It initially served as the Manila’s Court of First Instance, but was later used by National Burueau of Investigation (NBI) after the Second Wolrd War. The structure is one of a few buildings that survived the Battle of Manila. Just this year, 2023, the Araullo Building was finally declared as an Important Cultural Property.
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