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QUINTA DE PRESA

QUINTA DE PRESA
Rímac, Lima, Peru
INFORMATION

Located on the outskirts of downtown Lima and north of the Rímac River, the eighteenth-century Quinta de Presa is a unique suburban villa. The complex is named after Isabel de la Presa Carrillo de Albornoz, widow of a Knight of Santiago and officer of the Viceroyalty of Peru. Built in a late rococo style, Quinta de Presa reflects the refined history of the Spanish-Creole aristocracy of Lima during the Age of Enlightenment, who used such villas for weekends and parties, as well as for cultural and scientific pursuits. The property includes a residence, outbuildings, a courtyard, and extensive gardens.

The Peruvian State purchased the complex in 1920 with the aim of establishing a museum to the Viceregal Period, but restoration efforts were never completed. The Quinta de Presa now sits abandoned. Only five minutes from the main square of Lima, a successful restoration project of the Quinta de Presa could provide the often overlooked district of Rímac with a vehicle for promoting tourism, cultural events, and economic opportunities. Combined with the Alameda de los Descalzos and Paseo de Aguas, two designed open spaces in Rímac that have also been included on the Watch, there is a timely opportunity to use heritage sites in the district as a catalyst for positive change.

Download a 2012 Watch poster of this site (see download instructions).

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Main façade of Quinta de Presa, 2011
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Gallery overlooking the garden, 2011
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View towards the north, overlooking the courtyard, 2011