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Casa del Ingles, La Oliva

The ministry of Culture and Historical Heritage of the lobby of Fuerteventura and the Cultural Association Root of the People have initiated a popular consultation on the value of La Casa del Inglés, located in the town of La Oliva. In this way, citizen participation in the future use that will be given to this Cultural Interest (BIC) is favored, following the process of comprehensive rehabilitation of this historical monument by the island corporation in collaboration with Asociación Cultural Raíz del Pueblo.
According to the director of the area, "it is a question of providing ideas about the projection and approach that this BIC should have, always for the benefit of the collective culture of the Island".
Interested parties can access this popular consultation via the link:
Decree 224/2005, of December 13, declares La Casa del Inglés as a Cultural Interest, with a category of monument, delimiting its protection environment. It is an eighteenth century house, located in the place called 'Site of Don David', in the village of La Oliva. This house is a relevant example of the architecture developed by the rural bourgeoisie, being an external evidence of the economic power of the agricultural and commercial bourgeoisie that settled in La Oliva.
The house was built by Mr. Julián Leal Sicilia, whose family, from La Palma, was dedicated to agriculture and trade between the Canary Islands and America. It later became the property of Mr. Parkinson, an English naturalist, dedicated to the study of flora and fauna. The presence of Parkinson's in Fuerteventura is the one left in the memory and even today the house is known as 'Casa del Inglés'. Eventually, Parkinson sold the house, which received different uses. After the Civil War it was occupied by the army, remaining in it for several years infantry troops in one part and in the other a nursing service of the military forces located then in La Oliva.
This two-storey construction is distributed around a large patio with cistern, which was later divided into two, by means of a partition that crosses it from north to south. The house is built with masonry walls, using stone ashlars in the spans and corners.

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This building was the inspiration for the place in Tiscamanita in the novel 'Clarissa's Warning' by Isobel Blackthorn.
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The Cabildo of Fuerteventura are going to buy it.

The Cabildo buys the “Casa del Inglés” in La Oliva
  Councilor Briansó announces that it is planned to rehabilitate the building to turn it into a space for creation, production and cultural and heritage research

 The Council of Historical Heritage of the Cabildo de Fuerteventura has reached a purchase agreement, after a negotiation process and administrative procedures, to acquire the property known as "La Casa del Inglés" in La Oliva, after years of neglect and deterioration of this historic property. The Island Corporation has been working for several months promoting the purchase of this monument with the aim of safeguarding it, rehabilitating it and making it available to the public. Now, thanks to the streamlining of administrative procedures in the last year 2020 and the approval of the budget on February 25, the purchase of this historic building is possible and the final payment will be made next month with the budget settlement.

 The Department of Historical Heritage has completed the elaboration of the program of necessity of the house elaborated from the popular consultation of use of the property and that will allow the restoration of the monument. In this way, the preparatory actions of the service hiring file for the drafting of the final project are completed, based on the consolidation, restoration and rehabilitation works of the Casa del Inglés Cultural Interest Site, in La Oliva.

 The intervention project complies with what is established by Law 11/2019 of April 25 on the Cultural Heritage of the Canary Islands, especially with articles 73 and 74 of said Law, on interventions in real estate declared an Asset of Cultural Interest. It will also integrate studies and analysis of balconies, stairs, cistern, openings, roofs, stairs, floors, battlements and the study of the paintings on the walls; colors in each unit, exteriors, colored bands, etc.

 The counselor Andrés Briansó states that "it has been a long process that finally sees results thanks to the impulse of the counseling in the last year as well as the established negotiation agreements, which will allow to rehabilitate and protect the BIC". In this sense, the Island Council of Fuerteventura wants to allocate the building to spaces for creation, production and cultural and heritage research, given the popular consultation.

  In this way, the building will have a sociocultural area, where it will integrate several rooms dedicated to research: a space for cultural researchers, equipped with the necessary equipment to enable practice. It will also include a rehearsal room for performing arts and another for music.

  The property will include a permanent exhibition room on the architecture of Fuerteventura and another for educational uses, and a recording studio room as well as a plastic arts laboratory-workshop. An exclusive space will be set up for the exhibition of the architectural and historical values of the Casa del Inglés Property of Cultural Interest. And finally, the interior patio will be conditioned, which must be open, open to the public so that they can be traveled without obstacles for visitors, and invite the whole house to enter. All existing elements will be preserved; balconies, cistern, etc.

 Finally, the project will take into account actions to prevent, avoid or reduce the incidence of works, activities or uses that affect the monument, its visual perspectives, contemplation, study or the appreciation and understanding of its values. The actions include the following: conditioning of the monument's protection environment as an open-air reception space and a covered reception space that allows contemplation of the monument and rest, with shadows, tables and benches.
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