UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hotel Francis, Collapses

The Accor Hotel Francis – MGallery Collection on the corners of Calle Las Mercedes and Arzobispo Meriño, Ciudad Colonial, Santo Domingo came crashing to the ground Saturday night around 10PM!

Accor Hotel Francis Collapse / Desploma

Accor Hotel Francis Collapse / Desploma

Thank goodness there were no people inside other than the watchman who escaped without harm when he heard the noise from the roof buckling seconds before the collapse. They had a feeling something was happening to the building a few days ago and they evacuated the guests to one of the other 2 hotels owned by the Accor Hotel chain in the Colonial Zone, Hostal Nicolas de Ovando and Mercure Comercial Santo Domingo.

The neighbors said they did not know what was happening when the earth shook, the electricity went out and they heard a giant crash. All in the area ran to the street to find the building down. The electricity was only out for about 15 minutes.

This building with its beautiful 16th century Spanish architecture dating back to colonial times is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has survived earthquakes and hurricanes but it could not hold on any longer. The renovation of the Colonial Zone was more than this historical building could take (like many of us living here as well).
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Hotel Francais in the 1920´s

Hotel Francais in the 1920´s


Accor Hotel Francis front in 2013, a UNESCO site.

Accor Hotel Francis front in 2013, a UNESCO site.


Accor Hotel Francis interior patio

Accor Hotel Francis interior patio

Most of the locals think that this collapse was due to the construction and excavation work they have been doing in the renovation of the Colonial Zone (Renovada Ciudad Colonial – picture collection).

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Renovada Ciudad Colonial - Construction in front of Hotel Francis before collapse

Renovada Ciudad Colonial – Construction in front of Hotel Francis before collapse

Emergency crews came fast to make sure the area was secure including the Defensa Civil (Civil Defense), the Bomberos (Firemen) and the Policía Nacional. Most of the area was roped of before the collapse due to the construction on Calle Las Mercedes and Arzobispo Meriño.

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Hotel Francis collapse. You can see the hotel rooms and the picture on the wall

Hotel Francis collapse. You can see the hotel rooms and the picture on the wall


Accor Hotel Francis Collapse / Desploma

Accor Hotel Francis Collapse / Desploma


Accor Hotel Francis Collapse / Desploma

Accor Hotel Francis Collapse / Desploma


Accor Hotel Francis Collapse / Desploma - Press Conference

Accor Hotel Francis Collapse / Desploma – Press Conference


Accor Hotel Francis Collapse / Desploma - Firemen and Police watching

Accor Hotel Francis Collapse / Desploma – Firemen and Police watching

Video of the Press Conference.

Here is a video of the Hotel Francis before the collapse. “Hotel Frances Santo Domingo MGallery collection

This reminds me of the other disaster we had during the Renovation project “Renovada Ciudad Colonial – Disaster on Padre Billini




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