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Sotirios Anargyros Mansion
Two-storied stone-built building, characterized by the symmetry of
its facets, the formation balance of its mass, the clarity of its architectural
forms and the distinctness of its particular neoclassic morphological elements.
Another characteristic element is the peristyle arcade that is formed on the ground-floor
and shapes a balcony on the upper floor. The building stands in the middle of
a garden with pebble-paved corridors, three water reservoirs, a hen-coop, a dovecote
and a furnace.
The construction study was conducted by the architect P. Zizilas who
was given precise directions: "to build a mansion similar to an ancient Egyptian
palace or temple." The construction works begun in 1903 and less than a year
later the island Spetses acquired its most dazzling building. It housed the residence
of Sotirios Anargyros until his death (Dec. 18, 1918). In 1929, the Nauplion Court
of Justice adjudicated the mansion’s property to the Anargyrios & Korgialenios
School of Spetses.
By a ministerial decree of 1986, the building was identified as a
work of art and a preserved monument because of its significant architectural
and morphological interest, being a remarkable and representative sample of the
early 20th century architecture in Spetses that served as the residence of the
national and local benefactor, Sotirios Anargyros.
In 1990, the Ministry of Environment, City Planning and Public Works
has assumed the task to inscribe a restoration study for the monument and in 1991
the Ministry of Culture approved the first stage of the restoration works in the
building’s upper chamber, which was completed in 1995.
The mansion is currently under reconstruction to be used by the Anargyrios
& Korgialenios School.
This text is cited Sept 2003 from the Hellenic Ministry of Culture URL below, which also contains images.
- Hellenic Ministry of Culture WebPage
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