It all began as the simple dwelling of a farmer: the house of the Cura was essentially one of the houses normally used by the farmers of the time, with a palm-covered porch that was supported by columns made of palm tree trunks. Under the protection of its shade they carried out the daily chores.
Chaplain Castaño built onto the north wing of the current chapel. To the right of the chapel was a poultry yard for the animals of the Garden.
1919: Juan Orts Miralles made the dwelling larger and added an extra floor, which was accessed by a double side staircase, removing the porch and transforming the yard into a garage.
1942: over the existing site, Juan Orts Román builds the current complex, based on the Project presented by the architect Antonio Serrano Peral, with 3 well defined areas: the dwelling, the chapel and the studio. The upper terrace is ended with a small dome inspired in Arabic style. The 1919 modernist style double-side stair case is replaced by a porch.
The building is part of the Listed Protected Buildings of Elche (Alicante) and despite the fact that the dwelling and the studio are not yet part of the visit, there are astounding views of the open gallery with palm-tree wood (Phoenix dactylifera) columns as a support, properly treated and with a reinforced base.
This stylish palm trunk columns that support the upper terrace are complemented by the series of palm tree-trunk joists on the roof, which hold the space between the joists to the vault. Other samples of the use of the palm-tree wood are found at the main entrance door to the Phoenix Hall and the side windows, which have also been lined with date palm tree wood and at the chapel doors.
All this constitutes one of the few examples of the use of date palm wood for constructive and ornamental use, a material that is particularly difficult to master since it is very fibrous and has a great facility to rot. However, with the proper treatment, it becomes a very special wood with a unique and different texture.