Project Description

JACOBA

It was from this salvage action onwards that we truly started researching about the stories behind the buildings and places we carried out the recoverings from.

In April we were invited to have a look into this run down building in Calle Mirador 11, very close to Puerta Tierra, the landmark that separates the historic city of Cádiz from the newer developments. It was in the process of being demolished by the contractor for refurbishment. We were joyful as kids running up and down the shabby central staircase, discovering rooms and corners and trying to figure out how life was in that multifamily style housing from the late XVIII. century. This was a popular building layout in poorer quarters of the city where people living in adjacent smaller flats would share common resources such as toilets, kitchens and the moorish Aljibe (water well reservoir). The building was listed in the Local Council´s heritage protection scheme with a rating 0 (maximum) with regards to underlying archeology and rating 2 for ethnology.

At the entrance of the building there was a memorial plaque made in andalusian style white tiling with indigo blue (añil) hand lettering which goes “In this house, the exceptional flamenco singer Jacoba Ortega Diaz “La Jacoba” was born on 25th July 1819”.

That was 200 years ago! Wow, we wanted to research further.

A couple of days later we visited the City Archives and were able to find the Census records to the Barrio del Merced quarter from 1843 where Jacoba is listed at an age 25 as the eldest of a family of 9 brothers and sisters.

In other documents and newspaper articles we found references to successful Flamenco shows in Madrid mainly but also abroad. Apparently Jacoba was aboard the Preciosa Victoria frigate in 1850 travelling towards the cuban La Habana when the boat suffered severe damage and sank. She was travelling with her bullfighting husband Francisco Espeleta Machuca and a flamenco performance company. Luckily nobody perished in the accident.
Jacoba died on 10th May 1871, in the same Barrio de la Merced of Cádiz where she was born 52 years earlier.

GALLERY OF STORIES

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Jacoba Collection

JACOBA

It was from this salvage action onwards that we truly started researching about the stories behind the buildings and places we carried out the recoverings from.

In April we were invited to have a look into this run down building in Calle Mirador 11, very close to Puerta Tierra, the landmark that separates the historic city of Cádiz from the newer developments. It was in the process of being demolished by the contractor for refurbishment. We were joyful as kids running up and down the shabby central staircase, discovering rooms and corners and trying to figure out how life was in that multifamily style housing from the late XVIII. century. This was a popular building layout in poorer quarters of the city where people living in adjacent smaller flats would share common resources such as toilets, kitchens and the moorish Aljibe (water well reservoir). The building was listed in the Local Council´s heritage protection scheme with a rating 0 (maximum) with regards to underlying archeology and rating 2 for ethnology.

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At the entrance of the building there was a memorial plaque made in andalusian style white tiling with indigo blue (añil) hand lettering which goes “In this house, the exceptional flamenco singer Jacoba Ortega Diaz “La Jacoba” was born on 25th July 1819”.

That was 200 years ago! Wow, we wanted to research further.

A couple of days later we visited the City Archives and were able to find the Census records to the Barrio del Merced quarter from 1843 where Jacoba is listed at an age 25 as the eldest of a family of 9 brothers and sisters.

In other documents and newspaper articles we found references to successful Flamenco shows in Madrid mainly but also abroad. Apparently Jacoba was aboard the Preciosa Victoria frigate in 1850 travelling towards the cuban La Habana when the boat suffered severe damage and sank. She was travelling with her bullfighting husband Francisco Espeleta Machuca and a flamenco performance company. Luckily nobody perished in the accident.
Jacoba died on 10th May 1871, in the same Barrio de la Merced of Cádiz where she was born 52 years earlier.

GALLERY OF STORIES

TABLES

Jacoba Collection