The building of the Fundación Casa de los Tres Mundos is called Casa de los Leones (House of the Lions) because there are two stone lions in the portal.
Francisco Hernández de Córdoba founds the city of Granada.
Construction of the Casa de Los Leones in a colonial style from the sixteenth century by the Montiel family, governing clan of Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
Only the stone portal of the Casa de los Leones is left intact when the city of Granada is destroyed by the fire set by William Walker.
Reestablishment of the rest of the building and opening of the Teatro Granada in the Casa de los Leones.
The house is destroyed once again and bought by the Cardenal family.
The Casa’s new owner, Don Julio Cardenal Argüello, reconstructs the building and adds a neoclassical facade and a second floor. The building is used as: residence, grocery store, factory and toy workshop, and until 1987 as a private primary school.
The Austrian actor Dietmar Schönherr and the Nicaraguan poet Ernesto Cardenal acquire the Casa de Los Leones from the heirs of Julio Cardenal, and create the Foundation Casa de los Tres Mundos (The house of the three worlds). In the same year they start to restore the building to function as an International Cultural Center.
Restoration of the main building and the first and second patio is completed. The restoration of the building is realized by almost forgotten traditional methods of construction. Today in this part of Casa Tres Mundos you can find the Municipal Archive, Offices, the Library and an apartment for artists, invited professors and volunteers.
The Foundation Casa de los Tres Mundos is inaugurated and given to the city with the condition of always being a cultural center.
The needed area of the auditorium – a place for concerts and other public events – is finished.
Because of the increasing number of activities and workshops in the Casa and a growing need for space, the old court house of Granada is added to the Casa and is restored in a third period of construction. Today, there are studios, rooms for art-courses, and a printing workshop.
On the occasion of his 80th birthday the face of the founder of the Foundation Casa de los Tres Mundos, Dietmar Schönherr, is laid in as a mosaic in the first patio.
The restoration works only were possible thanks to generous financial grants. That’s why we want to thank especially the following public institutions: