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Casa Grande: the identity of a village

We know the history and legacy left by the Cerutti family in Chacras de Coria, in Mendoza. Today, the Big House is a museum of memory.

Casa Grande

This is just one of the millions of stories of Italians who emigrated to Argentina in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. However, like each of those millions, this story has some chapters that make it unique. This is the story of the Casa Grande, Chacras de Coria, Mendoza.

Italian blood

The story of Chacras de Coria is earlier, however. Its constitution as a villa, with a square and basic shops, took place at the end of the 19th century, when Giusseppe Mazzolari, an Italian from Lombardy, devised the construction of the current center of Chacras, in the department of Luján de Cuyo. Together with an architect of Italian origin, they concretized the creation of this centre, a pioneer for its time. It was made up of the square, the church, the school and the house of Mazzolari.

This house, with its 10 rooms, central courtyard and a garden with a pool to store wines, represents one of the most beautiful adobe buildings in the province. But, in 1920, the protagonist name of this story entered: the purchase of Emanuel Cerutti, father of Victorio Cerutti, and three generations of that family grew there.

The story goes black

In the Casa Grande lived the Cerutti family. It included several hectares of vineyard and fruit production, an economic activity that ended abruptly in 1977, when a Navy task force illegally appropriated everything.

Not only did this command of sailors and individuals retain ownership of the business, but also took the lives of its owner, Victorio Cerutti Necchi, and his son-in-law, the agronomist Omar Masera Pincolini, who was then a member of the Chair of Fruticulture at the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences of the UnCuyo.

A tradition

The house was built without retreat, and today shows a brick facade and presents the details in cornices and framing of the openings topped by semi-circular arches, as in its origin.
The Big House looks a little old, unpainted and has suffered the theft of the hardware it had. In addition, the wooded corresponding to its front width is exhausted and dry. However, it is one of the founding sites of Chacras de Coria.

The mansion had a time of recovery in the late 1990s and early last decade, when it housed the local popular library, but was later about to be demolished with the intention of build there a supermarket. However, that possibility of destruction was overcome.

Museum of Memory

In 2014, the National Congress approved the expropriation of the property and, since that time, it functions asa museum of memory.Not only to never forget the darkest part of our history, but also for the memory and nostalgia of the Mendoza people who, to this day, passing through the front of the Casa Grande, slowly untie the knot in the throat that provoke so many years of history in a couple of bricks .

Publication Date: 11/07/2020

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