Priority Project

Quinta de Presa

Rímac, Lima, Peru
A Closer Look

Quinta de Presa

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 Count of Montemar IV, the complex is named after his aunt Isabel de la Presa Carrillo de Albornoz who bequeathed the property to him. Quinta de Presa reflects the refined history of the Spanish-Creole aristocracy of Lima during the Age of Enlightenment, who used such villas for leisure activities, 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 devoted to the legacy of the Viceroyalty was installed on the second floor. After a short period, the museum closed. In 1972 Quinta de Presa 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. Quinta de Presa fell into disrepair and is now the focus of efforts to restore the building and use the property as an element of neighborhood revitalization.

2012 World Monuments Watch

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 rehabilitation and development as a community asset. It was identified as a priority project for WMF’s 50th Anniversary. WMF is supporting the planning phase for the eventual restoration of Quinta de Presa, including a study of the conditions of the building and a feasibility study to determine an adequate use for the site, emphasizing cultural activities. A preliminary design for utilizing the spaces will be developed based on the results of the feasibility study.

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.

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