Léa Pentagna House of Culture

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A 19th century building was owned by Italian family Pentagna until the coffee production went on crisis. The Pentagna family also established a textile manufacture in Santa Rosa. The Belle Époque style house was reformed, and, in 1927, was renovated to the current neoclassical style.

The house became a cultural center belonging to the Léa Pentagna Philanthropic Cultural Foundation. The house was place for soirees and events with local intellectuals and coffee Barons. Siblings Léa and Vito also invited cultural icons, such as painter Iberê Camargo and writer Lúcio Cardoso, who began writing his book "Crônica da Casa Assassinada" at the house. In the 1970s, director Paulo César Sarraceni filmed "Casa Assassinada" in which Norma Bengell performed, at the house.

Furniture and a bath hall inspired on Roman saunas are treasures of this building. The garden of the museum house has a variety of flowers and fruit trees. Léa was buried in the English garden under a sculpture which represents her strong personality.

The house was listed by Instituto Estadual do Patrimônio Cultural-Inepac (State Institute of Cultural Heritage) in 2004 and offers guided tours, exhibitions, and events. Dance, piano, knitting, and choir classes are offered throughout the week. 

General Information

Address: Vito Pentagna Street, 213, Benfica, Valença - RJ
Phone: (+55 24) 2453-4178
E-mail address: lea.pentagna@uol.com.br
Website: http://www.casaleapentagna.com.br
Opening hours:

Saturdays, from 9h30am to 12h30pm and from 2h30pm to 5pm. Sundays, from 9h30am to 12h30 pm. 

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