National Geographic : 1931 Jan
SCENIC RESOURCES OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC SANTO DOMINGO REVEALS FREQUENT REMINDERS OF ITS EARLY DAYS A trip through the older portion of the Dominican capital discloses many establishments now fallen from their former high estate. The "Casa del Cordon," so called because of a monk's girdle carved in stone above its doorway, was built early in the 16th century. © National Geographic Society Natural-Color Photographs by Jacob Gayer HURRICANE WINDS CHANGED THIS SCENE IN A FEW HOURS TO ONE OF UTTER RUIN Early in September, 1930, a terrific storm descended suddenly upon the city of Santo Domingo. Only the sturdiest buildings survived its fury and many of them were sadly damaged. The Presi dent's house, visible against the skyline in the central background, was unroofed.