Carrer Ciutadans number 28
When the church of Santa Maria de Pineda was consecrated, a sacred space of 30 steps was established around it, known as the Sagrera. Sagreras were a protection area where all violence was prohibited with a penalty of excommunication. The fact that the Sagrera was a safe space meant that soon farmers and merchants would take advantage of them to build their houses on the edge, and thus be able to take refuge in case of emergency.
As well as in proximity to la Sagrera, dwellings were established along the old Via Augusta, at that time already converted into the Camí Ral. Subsequently, Camí Ral would become the streets of Carrer Major, Ciutadans and Sant Antoni. With the houses established on both sides of the road, forming a narrow, elongated block of houses.
Also the notary of Montpalau settled here, giving even more importance to the neighbourhood that was forming.
The houses built were of a single storey or ground floor and first floor, with a gable roof and the patio to the rear. The inner courtyard was used as a vegetable garden and most houses had a wide doorway for carts and / or horses to enter.
The original centre of Pineda had about 32 fireplaces in 1497. Each fireplace was a house inhabited by a family.
We will see several examples of houses that were built at the time of formation of the town, like this house. This historic town planning continued until practically 1910.
This house is formed by the union of two buildings, but the oldest part is the right side. The original elements that are preserved are the door and windows with a voussoire on the first and second floors and a Gothic window on the first floor. The rest is from the twentieth century.