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Rua do Almada 18th c.

Rua do Almada 18th c.

Rua do Almada 18th c.

Rua do Almada 18th c.

Rua do Almada 18th c.

Rua do Almada 18th c.

Rua do Almada 18th c.

Rua do Almada 18th c.

This 18th c. townhouse in Porto is for sale.

It is a rare example of surviving 18th c. detailing, as most houses from the period have been “updated” in Victorian times with stucco ceilings and different, more robust mill work details. Here the ceilings are still in wood, some with board-on-board and others just painted with applied decorations to resemble plaster. The door casings have elegant edge moldings and some are crowned with coves reminiscent of Adamesque detailing. The walls have all kinds of decorative effects and borders, and one of the ceilings has been “sponged” very crudely, but in such a consistent fashion that it adds whimsy and, dare we say it, modernity to a more formal setting.

The title refers to the house’s probable fate. It is located just above downtown and still in the historical center. With so much of Porto’s economy riding on the recent boom of tourism, it is prime choice for a gut renovation. There are no regulations which can prevent this, so all we can hope for is the goodwill of a future owner, or the discerning eye of an investor who wants to preserve its details as an added-value.

Rua do Almada, 587

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