Monuments & Buildings

Casas de Raul Lino

Casas de Raul Lino was designed by Raul Lino (Lisbon, 21 November 1879 - 13 July 1974) who was a famous Portuguese architect.
The two twin buildings of Av. Dr. Mateus Teixeira de Azevedo (no. 53 and 55) are a memory of the urban expansion that occurred during the first half of the 20th century in Tavira, maintaining a contextual relationship with the urban environment of the area, namely, with other buildings of the twentieth century that fill the road of connection between the city and the railway station that ends the avenue , cases of the primary school and the building of the Agrarian Post, products born at the time of validity of the Estado Novo. They constitute a unique expression in the city of the creative genius of the architect Raul Lino and his conceptions of traditional roots, integrating within the notion of the “modern Portuguese house” that gave rise to an architectural current with national prominence, especially during the first half of the twentieth century. At the origin of the orders are the heirs of Zacarias José Guerreiro, illustrious figure of the political and social history of the city, holder of the positions of Civil Governor of the District of Faro and Administrator of the Municipality of Tavira in the second decade of Novecentos. The buildings result from a project dating from 1932 and stand out for their conceptual and aesthetic qualities, both reflecting raul Lino’s genius and the common particularities in its architecture, namely his concern to closely relate the projected space with the owners’ taste and to give it a coherence with the construction processes and decoration of the site and climate. In the present case, this aspect is reflected in the materialization of the idea of urban house of the South. The decorative arts were valued to the extent that they contribute to the design of architecture as a whole, noting, in this concept of “total work”, the contribution of renowned artists of the time (Battistini, Tom, Raul Xavier…) with works that reflect the main aesthetic orientations that marked the central decades of the twentieth century Portuguese.

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