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Villa Planta*

Grabenstraße | 7000 Chur/Cuira/Coira
One of the most important buildings in the Grisons of the 19th century.

Built 1874–76 by Johannes Ludwig for Jacques Ambrosius von Planta, cotton industrialist returning home from Egyptian Alexandria; restored and renovated 1987–89 by Peter Calonder, Hansjörg Ruch & Urs Hüsler, Peter Zumthor.

Neo-Renaissance villa with porticos in the style of Palladio; Byzantine-like copula over central atrium. Architecture in cabinet-like precision; rich décor. Sphinxes by Augusto Bianchi on both sides the stairs to the yard. Villa attached to the former Natural History and National Park Museum, built 1927–29 by the Sulser Brothers on consignment by the Rhaetian Railway. Two inverted sculptures by Otto Kappeler, 1939 at the former entrance to the grounds.

(Kunstführer durch Graubünden, Hg. Gesellschaft für Schweizerische Kunstgeschichte. Eng. translation of the title: Art Guide of Graubünden, ed. Society for the History of Swiss Art, Zurich 2008. This book has only been published in German.)

Villa Planta / Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Schweizerische Kunstführer GSK, Nr. 482, Bern 1991.
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