Hieracon Hotel in Carloforte, on San Pietro Island, Sardinia, is a charming art nouveau building built in 1897, although its original plan dates further back to 1750.
Rivano Palace, home to Hieracon Hotel, was the residence of one of the most famous families in Carloforte, then active in the trade of mining materials and lumber.
The ground floor, where today there is the hotel restaurant, was once used as a shop, while the back – today used as reception and conference room, was the warehouse.
Later on, the palace was the seat of the consulate of Denmark and Belgium, at the time when Carloforte was the place where the trades related to the local mines (Buggerru and Porto Flavia) took place, as Carloforte had risen to Sardinia’s second commercial port after Cagliari.
The wall structure is made of local stone (obtained from trachyte and basalt) and reaches a thickness of over one metre.
The ceiling still preserves its original pine beams, which reach a 12-metre span. The outdoor veranda, located in the garden, as well as the linear indoor columns, located in the hall, is made of solid cast iron.
Inside the garden there is the small private chapel dedicated to Saint Teresa, after which the neighbouring quarter is named as well, which is used exclusively for private functions and for the family’s devotion.
The building show clear art nouveau influences, which make it a real rarity in the island’s architecture. On its front, among bas-reliefs with floral motifs, figures of dogs (dachshunds), the passion of the Dutch architect who designed the building, are especially distinguishable and noteworthy.