The Casa Grande is situated on Calle Huelva in front of the Plaza de Rosario in Ayamonte it was built in 1745 for Manuel Rivero González and his wife Juana Inocencio Díaz.
The building is made of oyster stone, an expensive building material as Manuel Rivero was a wealthy trader and had ships in Cadiz which brought the oyster stone to Ayamonte both for use in the building of the Casa Grande and in the Mill.
The casa is built around a patio and is surrounded by marble pillars and decorated arches. It fell into disrepair in the early 20th Century but the Town hall later bought the property and has restored it to its former glory. It now serves as the cultural centre for the town. On the ground floor there is a gallery which has been the site of many exhibitions over the last few years.
On entering the Casa Grande to your left are the stairs which bring you to the Jiménez Barberi Municipal library on the first floor. Also on your left is a gallery which has a wood and glass floor with huge amphoras, just like the ones El Pintado used while trading with the Americas.
During the warm months the doors to the external patio, which in recent years was refurbished with Portuguese calcada, are open. Take a walk out and have a look at the landscape tiles by local ceramic artist Joaquin de la Pascua
On the first floor there is a wide variety of paintings by local artists and it also houses visiting exhibitions. There is always something new to see including the posters that have been used in Ayamonte’s famous carnivals.
The Casa Grande has a theatre which seats approximately 250 people this is often used for presentations or showing films.
The Casa Grande is open Monday to Friday 09.00 – 14.00 & 16.30 – 21.30, Saturdays 09.30 – 14.30.