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The Assembly asks the regional government to promote the procedures to declare the Mazarrón Casino building BIC (09/12/2020)

The regional deputy of the PP, Inmaculada Lardín, highlights "the architectural value of a building, the center of the social and cultural life of the municipality for years."The plenary session of the Regional Assembly has unanimously approved a motion by the Popular Parliamentary Group in which the regional government is requested to "initiate the administrative procedure to declare the Mazarrón Casino building of Cultural Interest."In his speech before the plenary session, Lardín stressed, "the need to protect a building of great architectural value that for years has been the center of the social and cultural life of the municipality." And remember that at present, the Mazarrón city council is carrying out "an adaptation" of a rehabilitation project commissioned in 2009, "aimed at allowing the building to recover its urban and cultural splendor".

It also adds the works carried out in the middle of last year "to stop the deterioration of the property in the face of the threat of ruin."The 'popular' regional deputy recalled that "the building already existed in 1844, although there is no document that certifies the exact date on which the construction was erected" and it was "several decades later when, around 1880, it was converted in Casino and Cultural Center ".

Before, "it functioned as a mining and housing office for the Albacete family."He has stated that "the architect responsible for its construction is unknown" although "the intervention of Francisco de Paula in the transformation of the casino property, in its facades and especially in the rear, is not ruled out, in the golden age of the end of the century XIX, coinciding with the takeoff of modern mining in the area ".Lardín has highlighted, among the architectural values ??of the Casino, "the spiral staircase inside that connects its three floors", attributed to the French sculptor and artistic founder of metals Antoine Durenne.The 'popular' regional deputy points out that we are facing "an example of the urban footprint" of the buildings built in Mazarrón in the nineteenth century under the emerging mining activity.

A historical and commercial moment that gave rise to other emblematic constructions such as the town hall houses, the Rolandi house, the Cañadica house and also some constructions in the cemeteries in the area.Remember that the promoters of these buildings "were members of the bourgeois society of the time." "Small mining and industrial owners in the area who promoted its construction in order to promote cultural and social relations in the town.For Inmaculada Lardín "the Casino has been cataloged for years by the Historical Heritage Service of the Region of Murcia", and has added that "to the value of the building from the architectural point of view must be added the immaterial value of the time in the one that was built and the environment in which it is located, and that from the social point of view for the Mazarrón population makes it necessary to protect it one more degree for the future, due to the few vestiges that remain of the mining past in the helmet urban".In this sense, its declaration as BIC is proposed, "the highest administrative distinction that can be granted to a property, establishing a series of measures aimed at protecting said property and conserving it."

Source: PP Región de Murcia

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