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FiliTour No. 3: Chesa Fontana

Das Haus Fontana nach der Renovation.
Älteres Bild vom Haus Fontana.

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Die zwei gekreuzten Pferdeköpfe auf dem Dachgiebel.

FiliTour No. 3: Chesa Fontana

Via Funtana 7, 7477 Filisur


Cold house - warm Stüva

The cold was part of everyday life in the Engadine house. Seraina Heinrich-Planta, the niece of the former owners Valentin and Caty Schmid-Juvalta, remembers how dangerous she could be:

"My mother took care of the old relatives in Filisur. Uncle Valentin was very weak and Aunt Caty slowly lost her memory. One evening in late autumn, she called us in St. Moritz because she felt threatened. I drove with my mother over the Albula Pass to look for them. By the time we arrived in Filisur, it was already a deep black night.

In the house it was bitterly cold. Uncle Valentin lay frozen on the cold oven bench in the Stüva. We had to fire the kitchen stove to warm it up. There was almost nothing left to eat. The two had been eating an old Engadine sausage and a little risotto for a week. Luckily, my mother had brought something with her and cooked them a hot meal. Afterwards, they fell asleep contentedly in the warm Stüva.

We crawled in the bedroom above the oven stairs in the high old beds under the thick duvets. The next morning, the walls and ceiling were covered with roughage, the window panes covered with ice flowers. Uncle and aunt had slept well in the warm Stüva.

After that night, my parents took Uncle Valentin and Aunt Caty to Thusis in the retirement home.

Exemplary renovation

The house was renovated in 2013-2015 in cooperation with the preservation of monuments. The extensive renovation work with occasional new installations, such as a new development, was planned and realized on behalf of Helen Fontana by the architect Men Duri Arquint. Close cooperation took place with the Archaeological Service, the Cantonal Preservation of Monuments and renowned restorers and craftsmen such as Ivano Rampa, Aaron Bellini and Ruedi Krebs.

In the audio, current owner Helene Fontana tells how she took over the house, how she had it renovated and what a personal relationship she had with the house.


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