Artist’s house Casa Pantrovà

You are a creative artist, musician, writer, poet, theatre group or a film team and are looking for a quiet place to work and focus for 1−2 weeks or to hold small workshops?

The Casa Pantrovà is ideal for such projects.

The history of the house

The Casa Pantrovà was built by German writers Lisa Tetzner and Kurt Kläber (better known under the pseudonym Kurt Held). In 1933, the two authors of books for children fled to the south of Switzerland because of their opposition against the Nazi regime. They lived in simplest conditions in Carona until they acquired a piece of land, thanks to an inheritance in 1936.

The royalties from the film rights relating to the first childrens’ book by Kurt Held, “die rote Zora” allowed them to build a house in 1954. Out of gratitude for being able to realise this project from the fruits of their literary work, they called the House Casa Pantrovà “the home of the found bread”. The house was to become a gathering point for fellow authors.  Mainly after Lisa Tetzner‘s and Kurt Kläber’s deaths it was intended to signify  “homeland” and “bread” to other artists. The Swiss Foundation for Culture «Pro Helvetia” worked towards this end for 40 years. Numerous authors and musicians worked and lived in the house during these years.

Since January 2005, when the Commune of Carona bought the house, it has been at the disposal of the Association Casa Pantrovà. The aim of the association is to maintain the memory of the founding owners of Casa Pantrovà – in accordance with their last wish – by placing the house at the disposal of cultural creators, artists and cultural institutions for working sojourns.