The refurbishment works of the Romantic Museum will begin in September
The Sitges Heritage Consortium has decided on the tender for the air conditioning of the Romantic Museum - Can Llopis, which will carry out the company Plan Your Future SA, for an amount of 393,000 euros (VAT apart). The performance is of remarkable complexity, due to the characteristics of the building (end of the 18th century), it has required the contribution of imaginative solutions to respect the heritage set.
The company Plan Your Future SA has been the winner of the competition published by the Consortium in May. Plan You Future SA has carried out refurbishment projects for different facilities, such as the Sala Club de la Blanquerna, the reform of the Vall d'Hebron Respiratory Center, the illumination of the new playground for plaça lesseps, the facilities of the Riba Town Hall or the Sant Gregori School of Barcelona, among others.
Refrigerating units will be installed on the terraces of the building, without producing a visual impact on the facade. The distribution system will be in the attic and under the shutters - and concealed by the curtains - the consoles that will channel the air in each room will be installed. This is the first intervention in air conditioning tin the Romantic Museum.
Once this action has been carried out, other improvements to the building will be executed, such as the repair of the cornices, the restoration of the porches, the improvement of the electrical system and the installation of a lift. At the same time, a redefinition of the museum project will also be carried out.
The Romantic Museum - Can Llopis is located in a neoclassical building, built in 1793. The museum owes his name to the first owner, the notary Manuel Llopis i Falç, who acquired it to his cousin, Josep Bonaventura Falç i Roger, who had initially built it for him within the perimeter of land that was built outside the walls of the town, in what was the first Sitges district, at the end of the 18th century.
The last heir of the family, the diplomat Manuel Llopis de Casades (1885-1935), ceded the mansion to the Generalitat of Catalonia to be converted into a museum. The outbreak and the consequences of the Civil War delayed the procedures, which were taken in 1943 when the building was again offered to the Diputació de Barcelona (Barcelona provincial Government).
Adaptation as a museum began in 1946. In 1949 the noble floor was opened to the public, and subsequently the ground floor, the garden, the cellar and the library. From the original house the structure and decoration of the walls are preserved in its entirety.