by Vanna Villa

Villa Monzeglio, now also known as Quinta Olary, is a private residence built in 1953 in the area of Colinas de Bello Monte de Caracas by architect Antonio Montini for Orestes Monzeglio.


It was located on a plot of steep slopes that together with the design of its structure give it a very particular style. It is an isolated construction with two volumes. The first is anchored in the mountain and contained the areas of service, circulation, and bedrooms, while the second is a large cantilever that houses the social areas.


It remains one of the best examples of the modernizing trend promoted by the New National Ideal during the so-called Military Decade (1948-1958), as well as an architectural manifestation of Italian immigration in Venezuela in the second half of the twentieth century.


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