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Friday, February 2nd, 2018

The protected buildings of Valencia

The city has a high number of buildings that, thanks to their architectural features, benefit from special consideration and revitalize the neighbourhoods that they belong to.

The-Ceramo

Valencia boasts some of the most beautiful buildings from Spanish Modernism, but all the architectural movements have a place in a historic city that  has managed to preserve its heritage.  While the two big Vías, Marqués del Túria and  Fernando el Católico, have allowed the diversity of different styles, when you walk through El Ensanche, you feel as going back in time to the start of the century. The city continues growing, but it preserves the respect towards the cultural heritage, despite the difficulties to afford historical façades.

Nearly 30 years have passed since the city passed the Plan General de Ordenación Urbana 1988 (Land-use planning), and now a debate has started on whether it is necessary to update the catalog of buildings with a special ranking of protection. Next, a list of buildings considered Bien de Relevancia Local, hence they benefit from special consideration. Buildings that revitalize the neighborhoods where they are located and, which we have come across on more than one occasion without even looking up.

La Ceramo Ceramo

Former factory of pottery that still remains in the Benicalap neighbourhood, despite it closed down years ago. Founded in 1889 by the Ros and Urgell families, it had a high production of chinaware and pottery, including the iconic buildings such as the Mercado de Colon, the Mercat Central and the city council. Its own architecture has significant value, starting with the Neo-Mudéjar style façade, which is the reason why the city council decided protect it and is still looking for what it can be used for. It consists of a private area, with a plot of 573m2, and a sale price of 800.000 euros.

Casa de los Dragones

Casa-de-los-Dragones

A magic place where the dragons sleep hidden on the baseboards, although nowadays its home to properties and commercial premises. Situated on the corner of Sorní Street with Jorge Juan, in the middle of the Ensanche District, in València, the element that stands out the most about this property is its decoration, with the presence of little figures in the spare of a lizard (the dracs).  It also has floral motifs and even a locomotive with wings. It was built by José María Manuel Cortina in 1901 and is a milestone of Modernism with neoclassical features.

Finca Roja

Finca-Roja

It is named due to the colour of the bricks that line its façade arranged in blocks and combined with ceramic elements. The Finca Roja is a residential complex, located in the district of Jesus, which forms its own block and has an interior courtyard. It was built between 1929 and 1933, following the project by the architect Enrique Viedma Vidal, inspired in rationalism and expressionism, but mixes styles. A decade ago the city council proposed its rehabilitation to unify all the elements, a process that concluded in 2010.

Calle Olba

Olba-Street

In this case, it is not just one building, but a collection of farmhouses. In the past they formed a rural village, which is still present throughout the street. On the façade of one of the buildings it remains a tiled reredos of twelve  representative pieces of the figure of San Vicente Ferrer.  It is a historic redoubt that, although protected, it can become deteriorated quicker if there is no use for it, as already denounced by the neighborhood associations of the Marxalenes neighborhood.

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