Villa Calvi is a typical urban villa located in the historic center of the town of Cantù in the province of Como and with a beautiful park nearby. The villa was originally built to be the residence of the Sola family, even subsequently the Calvi family from Milan stayed there periodically during the nineteenth century until 1886 when Count Carlo Calvi sold the property.
The garden of the villa was purchased, at the Circolo Operaio, by the municipality with a subscription of about 120 citizens and open to public use. Villa Calvi instead is purchased by the family of Orombelli and added donated to the City of Cantù that chose it as the headquarters of the town hall. The structure of the villa has been realized from a linear body lengthened to the first years of the nineteenth century, with only the facade on the garden that preserves the sober forms of the original appearance. The main façade that had been refurbished by street with pretentious fascist forms during the period of the regime, transforming the architraved loggiato which is now only a part of the large internal hall of the town hall. The original architecture of the simple-looking villa recalls the formal elements of neoclassicism, but is devoid of the stylistic features of the noble neoclassicism. The large French windows that give from the central rooms are adorned with a band of eaves of the middle portion and marked by a modest platform. Two statues of lions stand out at the side of the glass door giving onto the garden, giving a functional sense to the long perspective of the façade.
The greenhouse has been created in the south part of the villa’s structure, separating itself from the neoclassical typological patterns of the time. A series of arches highlight the greenhouse which is still quite camouflaged. Above the upper-floor conservatory is a room that still retains its original 19th-century appearance. The internal scheme was designed for the creation of a set of architecture and a top gallery in which the various offices are distributed.