Its urban image and colorful designs make the Mudéjar Manor, located on calle José Reyes #6, a peculiar residence. Around the second decade of the twentieth century, the Lebrón Morales family of merchants imported all kind of supplies for construction; machinery, equipment, tools, materials, accessories and finishes. ￼It must have been a personal wish, having all available resources, to build this unique residence. Armed with their ironmongery, materials distribution, construction equipment and architectural finishes businesses, that further shaped the concrete buildings of the time, the family decided to build a residence to remind the beautiful palaces of La Alhambra in Granada, Spain. ￼This is a wonderful setting that impresses the visitor. Within the current historicist architectural trends, this abode was built with Mudéjar reminiscence, in the style of the top Muslim palace before the Reconquista of Spain. The experiment of this Mudéjar residence was actually not unique if the Casasnovas residence located in San Pedro de Macorís can serve as another example to distinguish. It was a time when experimenting with concrete was the solution that in the past resorted to building with stone and wood. With concrete being cheaper, made it accessible to use these historicist handled variants of Neoclassicism, Art Deco and Art Nouveau and the frequent eclectic solutions in the historical Dominican cities. The building, once home to the Lebrón Morales family, houses today, as it has for nearly 30 years, the Museum of Porcelain, led by its director, Mrs. Violeta Martínez.
In the mid-1980s the house was restored to host an unusual collection: a museum of porcelain artifacts, unique in America. Restorer architects Benjamin Paiewonsky and Cesar Iván Feris created a worthy environment for the collection and the outstanding details; adjustments and repairs were proposed for the renovation of the beautiful building. ￼From the original elements that were respected and restored to showcase their ancient appearance, others needed rebuilding by replicating the genuine models, as were some doors, ornaments that gave color to the stained glass windows and the wall and floor tiles. The details of the beams supporting the arcades are characteristic of the architecture of the Arab world. The pond, located in the center of the narrow courtyard, harmoniously completes the design, and provides a pathway filled with myriad details in this captivating space. The Museum of Porcelain was founded when its creator, Violeta Martínez, donated her porcelain and art collection to the Violeta Martínez Foundation, incorporated by decree in July 1978. ￼The organization has focused on spreading knowledge about porcelain, its historic process and intrinsic value by dissemination through exhibits and restoration workshops, for which it required a locale that would also serve as showroom to permanent exhibits. The beautiful pieces are a faithful reflection of the evolution of the art of pottery and porcelain. ￼The building has a library, conference room, restoration workshop and residential quarters for the director or museum curator, in the European way. ￼Touring the museum is a stroll among objects of great beauty and admirable craftsmanship, which are distributed in various galleries that provide insight into different modes and moments in the history of porcelain. There, a celadon from the Chian Ching period (1796-1820) and a Chinese Lady by Kändler (1740) can be appreciated.