The History Of The Building

This residence has been listed as a historical monument by decision of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism that Maria Callas lived in this building.

The building is centrally located on Patission Street and it is an excellent architectural example of Jugendstil. It was constructed around 1925 by architect Kostas Kitsikis.

This residence has been listed as a historical monument by decision of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism YP.PO.T./DILAP/G/1182/24711, for several reasons, among others, that Maria Callas lived in this building (Official Government Gazette 440/B/6/6/1989). It has also been listed as a historical building by decision of the Ministry of Environment, Land Planning and Public Works 11674/411/3.2.1987 (Official Government Gazette D, Νο. 160/27.2.1987).

The facades of the building are notable for their design, in line with the building's overall fine construction, which adds considerable value and character to the building. Inside, the typical architectural elements of the early twentieth century, can be admired, including the central staircase with its elegant railings, wooden doors, ceilings, etc., all of which are in a relatively good condition.

The property was damaged by the 1999 earthquake, which led to its abandonment by its then tenants. The earthquake accelerated the deterioration of all structural and decorative elements of the construction. Consequently, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs/General Secretariat has labeled it as "not suitable for use, yellow" 23.09.1999.

Following this, the building was occupied by unidentified groups on 20 March 2009 and was evacuated, after operations led by the police, on 9 January 2013.

Currently, the building is sealed, to prevent any further destruction and vandalism and is waiting renovation and subsequent use by students and the public.

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