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Casa das Rosas Guide

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Introduction to Casa das Rosas
Casa das Rosas Guide
Patricia Ribeiro

Casa das Rosas ("House of the Roses"), one of the last mansions from the early 20th century still standing on skyscraper-lined Avenida Paulista, is now a poetry and arts center.

Named for Haroldo de Campos (1929-2003), one of Brazil's greatest poets and translators, the center hosts exhibits, courses, plays, performances, and other cultural and artistic events, several of which are free.

The house is a great attraction in itself. It was designed and built between 1928 and 1935 by the office of São Paulo architect Francisco de Paula Ramos de Azevedo (1851-1929), responsible for dozens of projects which helped define São Paulo as a metropolis. Casa das Rosas was designed for his daughter Lúcia Ramos de Azevedo and her husband, engineer Ernesto Dias de Castro.

The construction, a blend of styles with Art Déco, Renaissance, neoclassical and English elements (such as Chippendale and Hepplewhite), has 30 rooms and a garden where roses still grow. It was listed by Condephaat, the São Paulo State historic, archaeological, artistic and tourism council, in 1985.

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