Villa Maya, which did not benefit from protected status, was torn down this week despite more than 500 people finding refuge there during the civil war.
The villa, located at number 19 Republica Argentina Street in Malaga, was occupied by the honorary consul of Mexico in Malaga, Porfirio Smerdou, who hid both nationalists and republicans under threat of assassination during the Spanish civil war.
“Porfirio Smerdou was a very important character, a human being who tried to avoid what was happening on both sides and who even suffered reprisals from the fascist troops when they entered Malaga despite having helped many of their own,” historian Francisco Espinosa told Malaga Hoy.
The demolition of the property did not go unnoticed in social networks:
"The demolition of Villa Maya occurred at the same time that we support the Málaga festival, the project about Malaga in 1936-37. We feel sadness for the abandoned historical memory and loss of being able to tell a great story." posted the director, José A. Hergueta, on Twitter.
"We elected our representatives to do the best for our city, but we are disappointed after the World Masters Athletics Championships, Villa Maya, the Port Skyscraper, the Historic Centre, etc, etc, so therefore we have to thank those who are struggling to maintain our heritage", said José J. Cortés.
"You support culture but destroy the Villa Maya, so do you want to loose the World Championships? Knock knock is there anyone there?" Asked the citizen, José Manuel Leiva, of the Mayor, Francisco de la Torre, on Twitter.
Stan Dickens (FRICS) is a UK qualified Chartered Surveyor who has practiced in Spain and Portugal since 1989.