On September 24, 2014, the National Trust for Historic Preservation officially announced the Antiguo Acueducto del Rio Piedras as its newest National Treasure. Located in metropolitan San Juan, Puerto Rico, this historic site is believed to be the last known Spanish waterworks system remaining on U.S. soil. An important new treasure, the Antiguo Acueducto del Rio Piedras has served as an essential component in San Juan’s growth as a city.
John Hildreth, Vice President of Eastern Field Services, attended Wednesday’s announcement and spoke during the event. The president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Stephanie Meeks, also weighed in on the importance of designating this site a National Treasure: “The Acueducto is a national treasure that has provided both drinking water and public green space for generations of Sanjuaneros [and is] a physical gateway for the city’s historic and cultural resources.”
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