A Romantic early 20th c. building, the “chalet” is a large house in the eclectic style of the day, with wooden eaves supported by cast iron brackets, stone quoins and rusticated base, all machine-milled, and several other charming details throughout. The roof angle changes slightly at the eave, whether at the gable ends or at the hip sections. It is clear that everything was designed professionally, to imitate a vernacular style which never existed. The results are beautiful.
Quasi-hidden in the luscious garden which surrounds it (with species brought from Brazil by the original owner) it is now, sadly, the offices of Social Security. But the exteriors are thankfully still kept free of modern “improvements” like double glazed windows.
Chalet Viscondessa de Santiago do Lobão, Av. da Boavista, Porto