The Malta Independent 22 February 2020, Saturday

Another 52 Sliema residences given heritage protection status by the Planning Authority

Friday, 6 September 2019, 13:36 Last update: about 7 months ago

Fifty-two town-houses located in Triq Stella Maris and Triq il-Palazz Capua in Sliema have been given heritage protection status by the Planning Authority following consultation with the Superintendent of Cultural Heritage. 

Almost untouched, the properties situated in the heart of Sliema, exhibit a combination of neo-classical and neo-baroque design and display a collective value since they form part of a row of similar buildings that have the same height, design, proportions, materials, style and massing.

The properties were all built in the same period spanning the late 19th century up to the mid 20th century. Although these properties have been protected for their collective value, each one has individual merits for scheduling, often having peculiar features on the facade and interior that distinguish them from other buildings.

The properties also have common features that are traditional characteristics of buildings of thisparticular period. Most of these buildings, especially those in Triq il-Palazz Capua all have a good sized back garden that is traditional of these types of buildings. Evidently, these buildings were commissioned by prominent patrons designed by celebrated architects and built by some of the finest masons and craftsman in the Maltese Islands at the time.

Over the past year and a half, the Authority issued a heritage protection status for a total of over 125 properties in Sliema.  

Over the past three months the Authority, through the outdoor photographic roadshow exhibition has celebratedsome of Malta’s ‘unsung’ iconic architectural buildings and monuments. Most of the buildings are ‘modernist’- a style or philosophy of architecture and design that was introduced in the late 1920s to the 1960s. It was associated with an analytical approach to the function of buildings, strictly rational use of (often new) materials, structural innovation and the elimination of ornament.


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