Article – The Times of Malta 26th March 2009, Palazzo in Valletta

Thursday, 26th March 2009

One World – Protecting the most significant buildings, monuments and features of Valletta (102)

Nos. 130b, 131, 132, Bakery Street


This property is a large Baroque townhouse built on three floors and divided into three vertical bays.

The central door is small and rather ordinary. The flanking doors are arched and have rounded hood mouldings. At the centre of the first floor is a closed wooden balcony with curved sides, supported on two ornate corbels set into the door frame below.

Flanking the balcony are two segment-arched windows set within delicately designed frames. Between the first and second floor is a moulded string course.

At the centre of the second floor is a large closed wooden balcony supported on four carved corbels.

The balcony door and two flanking windows have the same architectural treatment, having a continuous slightly projecting sill, simple frames with panelled lintels and a triangular pediment on top, but the balcony door has a segmental pediment. The balcony door mouldings and pediment extend above the wooden balcony. The roof line is defined by a small cornice.

The door to the left leads to a mezzanin accessed by a flight of stairs.

It consists of three rooms at intermediate level and at second floor including the balcony area. The door on the right leads to the main dwelling which extends to the piano nobile at second floor and the roof above.

There is a stone spiral staircase from the rear of the ground floor to the roof, connecting each floor with “larder” rooms at intervals. There are also two fireplaces and an ornate balustrade and Baroque sculptured landing pilasters at the second floor.

Mepa scheduled Nos. 130b, 131, 132, Bakery Street as a Grade 1 national monument as per Government Notice No. 276/08 in the Government Gazette dated March 28, 2008.

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