The 3 large square groupings of buildings with central courtyards are known as the “Cuartels,” which is a Spanish word meaning, “barracks”. These large, permanent buildings were a welcome improvement to the Soldiers’ previous accommodations of tents and wood buildings. They were planned for in the early 1920s and fit into the street grid over a ten year period of construction. Support buildings and rail lines were planned around them, making the Cuartels the heart of Main Post. The largest of the Cuartels housed the largest unit – the 29th infantry Regiment. Contrary to popular legend, none of them were mentioned in Ripley’s Believe it or Not.
Cuartels Under Construction (1925)
Cuartels Aerial View