The Art Nouveau style of this house is locally a unique example and is also one of the finest and earliest examples. This house is complete and authentic in all its elements such as the architectural fabric, the decorations, including its fixtures and fittings.
type of Art Nouveau motifs of this building indicate a French or North
Italian stylistic influence. Apart from the stylised organic motifs on the
façade, this is the only building in
According to MEPA, This
property is important because of the following:
· the aesthetic qualities of the architectural features and style,
· it is unique in design and an authentic representation of the period,
· it is still in a very good state of preservation,
· it is a point of reference in the urban texture and contributes greatly to the townscape,
· historically it is the only building in the Maltese Islands in this architectural grammar,
· it represents the influx of foreign artistic influence successfully adapted to integrate the local vernacular in the early nineteenth century,
· it is also important within a context as it forms part of a series of villas and traditional period town houses in the old urban fabric of Attard.
Some interesting History of this House
The house was apparently abandoned by it's owners and/or its owners all managed to die off with no one being able to inherit the property. There was a story, where the youngest child, probably a girl died of mysterious circumstances. In the same year the mother too passed away quite inexplicably. Being the early 1930's, this brought about about a lot of speculation and gossip. The house was put up for sale by the remaining owner, who also died soon after. Years later some relatives moved into the house, but as soon as the house was restored, the eldest son died suddenly (word has it at war, not in the house), but again soon later yet another child died, and later followed in quick succession by father and mother. Since then the house was said to be "cursed" or haunted. Abandoned for several years and left to rot (possibly intentionally) by the elements.