Works continue in the House of the Ivy
The adaptation works of the House of the Ivy, which began on April 24th, are fulfilling the deadlines so that this first phase is expected to end by the end of October. The investment, amounting to 416,010 euros, was awarded by the Ministry of Development through the General Directorate of Architecture, Housing and Land, under the Architectural Heritage Rehabilitation Program, which is responsible for financing the rehabilitation works of capital elements of the state's assets.
Thus, Fomento finances the works and processes the contracting, following the project developed by the technicians of the Museum of Badalona, with Joan Mayné as director, and the architect Alberto Malavia, as a responsible for technical management.
In parallel, a second phase will be carried out that will allow the musealization of the house to be carried out, which was not included in the works assumed by the Ministry, and that has been possible thanks to the contribution of the Badalona Town Hall, which has allocated 200,000 euros to the Museum. An important part of this amount will be devoted to the museographic interventions necessary to open to the public the House of the Ivy, a 500 m2 mansion, located at the bottom of a building of flats in Lladó street, 55-67.
This domus was discovered in 1999 as a result of the works that were made on this site. The archaeological intervention, which ended a year later, also allowed to locate a section of Cardo Maximus, one of the main streets of Baetulo, which is known very well (about 500 meters), thanks to the excavations recently made in side of the C31.
The House of the Ivy, dating from the August era (63 BC- 4 AD) and which was inhabited until the end of the 1st century AD, follows the distribution of the Pompeian domus, with an atrium around the which are distributed in different areas, in this case eight spaces. Some of these areas are not included in the current museum project, as they are located in the adjoining building. It is precisely here that the mosaic with the ivy that gives its name to the house is found. In addition to this area, archaeological studies show the existence of a work area where three deposits have been recovered, which, according to archaeobotanical analyzes, were intended for the production and storage of wine.
The Domus of the Ivy, such as the Dolphins, is therefore a fundamental part to undestand the importance of the wine economy, the urban development of Baetulo, and to find that the great fortunes of the wealthy families of Baetulo had Its origin in the wineries.