L'Hort d'Iglésies

19th–20th C.
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L’Hort d’Iglésies is an old farmhouse built by Josep Iglesias in the early nineteenth century. Turned into a summer residence by Antònia Lloberas in 1886, it houses a collection of paintings depicting various scenes from classical mythology.

Keywords: 19th century, neo-classicism, farmhouses.

Building construction

The farmhouse of l’Hort d’Iglésies at La Selva del Camp was built in the early nineteenth century at the request of Josep Iglesias Ramon, a liquor salesman from Reus. The building changed owners in 1886, when Antònia Lloberas purchased it to turn it into her summer residence.

Interior decoration and frescos

At the time of its construction, l’Hort d’Iglésies was conceived according to neo-classical precepts. This is why the exterior and interior decoration make reference to classical art in such elements as the Ionic columns, pediments and frieze. The first-floor interior decoration boasts several paintings depicting scenes from classical mythology interspersed with bucolic landscapes and representations of Christian attributes.

Restoration and municipal purchase of l’Hort d’Iglésies

In the 1990s, a campaign was begun to restore the building and finally the Town Council took possession of it. Since then, l’Hort d’Iglésies has housed the town library and the Canal Camp TV studios, as well as other installations and services.