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QUINTA DE PRESA
Rímac, Lima, Peru
- WMF Program:Field Project, 2012 Watch
- Site Types:Historic Urban Landscape, Public Architecture, Residential
Quinta de Presa is a unique eighteenth-century suburban villa located on the outskirts of downtown Lima, north of the Rímac River. Built in a late rococo style by a member of Lima´s aristocracy, Pedro Carrillo de Albornoz, a younger son of the IV Count of Montemar, the complex is named after his aunt Isabel de la Presa Carrillo de Albornoz who bequeathed the property tohim. 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, a mill, outbuildings, a courtyard, and extensive gardens.
The Peruvian State purchased the complex in 1920 and in 1935 a museum of the Viceregal Period occupied the second floor, but after a few years this use was discontinued. In 1972 it was inscribed as Cultural Heritage of the Nation. It was restored in the 1980s and again in the 1990s but a sustainable use was not found. The Quinta de Presa now sits abandoned.
HOW WE HELPED
Quinta de Presa was included on the 2012 World Monuments Watch to bring attention to the dilapidated state of this exceptional building, and its potential for a rehabilitation and tourism development. It was identified as a priority project for WMF’s 50th Anniversary.
WMF is supporting the planning phase of the overall rehabilitation of Quinta de Presa, including a feasibility study to determine an adequate use for the site within the cultural tourism context and a conditions study of the building. A preliminary adaptive re-use design will be developed based on the results of the feasibility study.
WHY IT MATTERS
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 were also included on the 2012 Watch, there is a timely opportunity to use heritage sites in the district as a catalyst for positive change.