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Downtown Puerto Plata is marked by the influence of Victorian design in architecture. The streets are lined with restored gingerbread houses adorned with vibrantly colored bougainvilleas. The House of Culture, the Commerce Club and numerous hotels and storefronts of the area reflect the Victorian style that dominates the area. The twin white towers of the Cathedral of San Felipe draw the eye to the subtle Art Deco influence of its façade. The Amber Museum is a small palace of reinforced concrete, housing a neoclassical gallery between its two sides.
Close to the Amber Museum is Central Park, also known as Independence Park, where stands an elaborate gazebo. Recreated in 1983 from period renderings of the 1919 original, the two-story octagonal structure has concurrent double balconies, composed of Moorish arches.
Some hints of neoclassical design can also be found in such buildings as the City Hall, a stonework building whose facade follows the traditional lines of Spanish governmental buildings, with one arcade of two floors without great adornment. Constructed between 1902 and 1909, the Sociedad Cultural Renovacion boasts an inner door arch flanked by two Corinthian columns, almost perfectly preserved halls and a snail-shaped inner staircase in addition to its impressive neoclassical exterior.
The Fort of San Felipe is an impressive mass of stone that dates from the mid-1500s when it was constructed to protect the city from attacks of marauding pirates. Today the fort houses a museum that illuminates the history of the Puerto Plata.