Brunet CastleBuilding began in 1923, and was finished in 1929-Brunet, who commissioned the house, sold it right before it was done and moved to the US. I wish I knew why, because this place is really lovely, and I sure would like to live there!
In 1974 it was given to the Carabineros of Chile (the national police force), and is used by the Valparaíso sector of this force for events. I'm curious as to why this building was given to the police, a year after the coup in 1973, in which the Carabineros participated...today this force is known for being above board and fair: people who think they can bribe a police officer here will end up being arrested. But the force did participate in the overthrow of Allende and were a part of the repression during the dictatorship, which ended in 1990.
The municipal band warms up: