The Romantic Museum begins works for its reopening, the coming year
The General Council of the Sitges Heritage Consortium, meeting today, has approved the climatization project of the Romantic Museum - Can Llopis. With a total budget of 655,000 euros, this process allows unblocking the process to execute the reform and adaptation works urgently needed by the Romantic Museum, which will allow it to open again in the second half of 2020.
The climatization project is the most complex action of those planned in Can Llopis to adapt it to current needs as a public museum. With today's approval of the action, the process begins to open the public tender. The works are planned to begin next autumn and last between four and five months. The 225-year history building of Can Llopis had not had a climatizatio system so far, an essential tool to adapt to the museum needs of the 21st century.
Once the air conditioning system is implemented, other actions of reform and consolidation of the building will be carried out, as well as the implantation of the museum project. Among the planned actions there will be the repair of the cornices, the restoration of the porches, the improvement of the electrical system and the installation of an elevator. At the same time, we will also work on a new design of the museum project, which will strengthen collections, funds and museum itineraries.
The execution of the climatization project requires intervention in the interior of the building and on the terrace, where the machines will be installed so that they do not have a visual impact on the outside. In the attic, inside the roof, a distribution system will be installed, while in each room, between the curtains and shutters, there will be a console that will channel the air conditioning.
The Romantic Museum - Can Llopis is located in a neoclassical building, built in 1793. The property 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 or 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.