in the year 2000 to condition it as the Consell Valencià
de Cultura headquarters, the Forcalló Palace
is a typical aristocratic residence with an "Academic"
style, built in 1864 in one of the most typical historical-art
districts of Valencia. It
is a freestanding two-story building, with a "Roman-style"
polygonal floor with a spacious lobby-hallway between the
street entrance and the large glass door onto the rear garden.
façade is arranged along a central axis that coincides
with the door and windows whose sections are joined by skene
decorative-padding enlivens the structure, which is highlighted
by two shades of paint.
"Catalan-style" stairway with an iron handrail
provides access to the first floor where the "noble
room" is located, which is decorated with a repertoire
of neo-classical paintings: above speckled baseboards, the
walls are arranged in a series of austree rectangular panels
that are framed by pilasters with trimmed edges, floral
and geometric themes, and central meallions with different
Forcalló palace garden occupies the closed patio
subsequent to the "hortus conclusus" style within
the classic Meditarranean tradition. There
is a pond where two paved walkways intersect, which divide
the complex into four sections that are fed by the channels
built into the walls that recall the Arab-inspired interior
gardens, flowerbeds framed by hedges, decorative mulberry
and orange trees for shade, lateral trellises, and flowerpots
with laurel, miniature orange, and other trees, which form
a fresh and peaceful whole, which evokes the Valencia gardens
of former times.
Consell Valencià de Cultura headquarters is located
in the heart of the Carmen neighbourhood, an old suburb
within the city walls with a typical Moorish layout and
it is one of the most emblematic structures in the "Ciutat
Vella" (Old City) of Valencia, which form a labyrinth
of narrow winding streets, that are particularly picturesque
and full of fascinating historical buildings.