The Villa was commissioned by Dine Hoxha, a merchant, and important figure at the time, from Dibra, around 1931. It is located along ‘Sotir Peci’ street perpendicular to ‘Durresi’ street and from the urban point of view, it is somehow hidden/camouflaged, because of the residential building height, between the villa and the main street, that was built in 1959, therefore it can be considered as a ‘hidden treasure’ of the area.
Villa Dine Hoxha – The Albanian House
During Communism, the Hoxha family was taken out of the villa to another house close-by, in the same neighborhood. Later on, the original owners moved back to the villa but because of their poor economic condition, they weren’t able to look after the villa or restore it, in its original state. During the years Dine Hoxha’s nephew has lived in a nearby house, leaving the villa to the families in need as it still is today.
Another characteristic for its volumetrie is the presence of a six-angled prism volume element, which rises in the northwestern part of the villa and on the first floor with the same column system, holding a roof with arched tiles. All the facades of the villa have been treated with many neo-classical ornaments and details that include window frames, doors, floors partitioning or wall corners.
Its condition today shows a continuous lack of treatment, facing massive stripping on the plaster of the façades and the exterior of the brick walls left visible. For the main staircase part of it has been re-created, with concrete blocks which are far from being the material used in the original construction technique of the house.