Various buildings of historic value, including the house of a former Prime Minister in Valletta and the Bishop’s palace in Vittoriosa are being safeguarded from development after they were scheduled by the Planning Authority. The residences are in various localities, including Valletta, Ħal Lija, Ħal Balzan, Cospicua and Vittoriosa. Wirt Artna Foundation chief executive welcomed the announcement, saying however that these historic places now need restoration and where possible are opened to the public.
The Planning Authority has scheduled 10 buildings including the home of former Prime Minister Nerik Mizzi in Valletta. The 17th Century house is in Triq San Ġwann, where the only son of Nerik Mizzi, Mgr Fortunato Mizzi also lived. Mgr Mizzi also wished that the house is turned into a museum with archives left by his father who lived in a turmoil period during the Maltese political history and was a protagonist in the language issue and a victim of internment during the war when he was sent to Uganda, together with other Maltese, due to his Italian sympathies.
Nerik Mizzi had led a government for three months in 1950 and died three months after he was sworn-in as Prime Minister. Mario Farrugia, chief executive of Wirt Artna Foundation, appealed for the historic buildings’ restoration.
Apart from Mizzi’s house, the Planning Authority scheduled an 18th Century palace at Qrendi which was luxuriously decorated with wall frescos. Other scheduled buildings include an old baroque house in Cospicua and two houses in Vittoriosa, possibly built in the 16th Century.
The Vittoriosa building was the Bishop’s palace of the year 1542 with Knights era architecture. The Planning Authority also provided protection to an 18th Century house in Balzan which belonged to a Spanish knight Fra Giacomo Rodrigues.