Former PM’s residence given highest protection status by PA

Enrico Mizzi

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Planning Authority (PA) has given the highest protection status to the private residence of former Prime Minister Dr Enrico Mizzi. The residence is a typical 17th century Valletta townhouse and was lived in by Rev Fortunato Mizzi up until 2002.

The building, which is located in Triq San Gwann, is being converted into a house-museum and contains the original furniture and archives. Dr Enrico Mizzi, better known as Nerik Mizzi was asked to form a minority government after the 1950 elections, and in September 1950 became Prime Minister, only to die three months later at his residence in Valletta.

A number of buildings considered to have special heritage features have been scheduled by the PA as Grade 1 or 2 buildings. In consultation with the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage, the Authority gave special protection status to these 10 buildings to ensure that the architectural and historical value that these properties have is retained.

In Qrendi, the Authority protected a property in Triq il-Kbira which is a typical 18th century single-storey palazzo. Internally, the property has a lavishly-decorated entrance hall with frescoes and ornately sculpted garden door.

Other buildings given the protection status Grade 2 were situated in Bormla, Balzan, Gżira, Lija, Naxxar and Manikata.

The Bishop’s palace also acted as the Inquisitor’s palace

The Bishop’s palace which dates back to 1542, retains late medieval and mannerist architectural features and is similar to the architecture adopted by the knights when constructing their Auberges in Birgu. The building acted also as the Inquisitor’s palace and remained the official seat of the bishop up to the mid-17th century.

The only non-residential building to be included in this list of new scheduled buildings is the Old Parish Church of Manikata, dedicated to St. Joseph. This church was constructed in 1920 in a purely traditional style.

Over the past years, the Planning Authority through the ‘Irrestawra Darek’ scheme has provided generous financial incentives to assist property owners of Grade 1 & 2 residential scheduled buildings to upkeep their property’s unique architecture and heritage value.