Parada 23 – Ciudadela
Parada 23 is the heart of Santurce’s redevelopment with the Ciudadela condominiums and commercial center surrounding Blanche Kellogg Plaza.
The plaza is named for Blanche Kellogg who was the sister of W.K. Kellogg (who created the corn flake cereal company). The original buildings were constructed from 1904-1907 in the Mission-revival style and are listed in the National Registry of Historic Buildings.
The American Missionary Association operated the Blanche Kellogg Institute as a school for girls with emphasis on English and science until 1942.
Today, only the facades remain, but provide a stunning backdrop to the plaza, fountains and series of twelve mosaic panels by Santurce artist Eddie Ferraioli.
This area is still under development, but its changing rapidly as more and more residents move into the condos and locals visit for businesses that seem to pop up every week.
If you’re looking for ‘up and coming’ neighborhoods – this is one of the most exciting in San Juan!
How to get to Stop 23:
- Condado – Walk on Ashford Avenue to De Diego Avenue at Doral Bank. Walk away from the beach and past the DoubleTree Hotel and PR Museum of Art to Ponce de Leon Avenue. Take a left at Farmacia Luis and it is one block to Ciudadela. 15-20 minute walk.
You can also take the M21 Bus in the direction to Tren Urbano and get off at the stop after the Museum of Art. 10 minute bus ride, but service is infrequent and you may wait for up to an hour.
- Isla Verde – Take the T5 bus in the direction of Old San Juan. When you turn left at the DoubleTree hotel and cross over the highway, get off at the stop after the PR Museum of Art. 10-15 minutes.
- Old San Juan – Take the M3 Metrobus or the T5 and get off in front of Centro Europa just after the highway overpass with Taino Petroglyphs. Walk one long block to Ciudadela. 10 minutes.