The eastern part of the city of Porto has, over the last few years, been reborn almost from the ashes. In fact, a little marginalized when compared to other areas of the city, the eastern part has been the target of growing interest on the part of the new population that seeks to settle there and also on the part of the municipal management that has sought to encourage the rehabilitation of the city. zone. See, for example, the investment of Gardens and Urban Parks in the eastern zone and the partnership that resulted in the requalification of Casa de São Roque.
The latter deserves a special mention, and the attention of the dear reader!
Until recently, almost in ruins, the house was reborn as a result of an exquisite rehabilitation that restored its glamor and highlighted the architectural pearl it really is!
The house, also known as Palacete Ramos Pinto, is located in the Park of São Roque da Lameira, in the parish of Campanhã, and aims to be today a new cultural center of the city. The house will show the public a large part of the Peter Meeker / Pedro Álvares Ribeiro art collection, with the exhibition “Inventória” currently being exhibited, with works signed by Ana Jotta and curated by Barbara Piwowarska.
Historically, we have to go back to 1759, when, as part of Quinta da Lameira, the house functioned as a mansion and hunting lodge, as was typical in the bourgeoisie and noble families of Porto at the time. In the 19th century, it belonged to the family of Maria Virginia de Castro, who in 1888 married António Ramos Pinto, one of the best known producers and exporters of Port wine. It was he who promoted the first remodeling of the house to the architect José Marques da Silva (the same one who designed the São Bento station).
In 1979, the entire farm and house were acquired by the Porto City Council from the last owner, having preserved the furniture and the most important objects of the house (today in use in the Casa do Roseiral collection).
Casa São Roque is today a striking example of the houses of the time in Porto, due to its architectural and decorative characteristics, accompanied by its magnificent garden, in which we must highlight the beautiful camellias (which inspire a whole program in the city in the coming days 2 to 9 March), which also includes a guided visit to the centenary camellias of the Casa de São Roque on March 2 at 10:30 am with Professor Armando Oliveira.
The house is beautiful, the garden is magnificent, the exhibition is now clearly challenging – you will not give up your time if you give them a visit!
For more information and monitoring of the available offer, be sure to consult: https://www.casasroque.art/pt/