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House in Qormi

The architectural style of this building illustrates a fusion of Baroque and earlier styles. The original ground floor on Triq San Pawl consists of four doorways. The main doorway and ‘logg’ have a plain surround which fuses in a moulded projecting cornice. Right above this cornice there are two armorial crests that are deteriorated to such an extent that their detail cannot be ascertained. The main doorway is flanked by another two similar doorways. The remaining doorway at ground floor level lacks architectural detail.

The first floor is characterised by four significantly elaborate masonry open balconies each supported by two decorated corbels. The open balcony onto Triq il-Kbira had its masonry railings removed and replaced with unsympathetic gold aluminium railings.

The remaining three balconies on Triq San Pawl have very elaborate decorations consisting of floral arrangements and female figurines. The second floor is characterised by a large corner open wrought iron balcony supported on seven double-tiered heavily corbels intricately sculpted with lion-faced motifs and pomegranate carvings. This balcony bears resemblance to a balcony in Triq il-Providenza in Balzan. At roof level at the corner is a unique frontispiece consisting of a pair of cherubs supporting an escutcheon.

Property number 45, Triq San Pawl, Qormi was included in the Antiquities Protection List of 1932 and was scheduled by MEPA as a Grade 1 national monument as Government Notice number 1082/09 in the Government Gazette dated December 22, 2009.

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