Tour of the Monuments

The house of the politician Manousos Koundouros


This two-story single-family house was built in 1909 under the design and supervision of Michalis Savvakis and is located at the end of Heroon Polytechniou Street, right above the sea. The calm, almost cubic volume of the house is broken up by the small north balcony and the westward slope of the floor plan accentuated by the light northwestern end of the parapet on the roof, traces of the almost always necessary tower of Savvakis.

The layout in the floor plan is typical, almost as in all the houses – offices of the deputies designed by Savvakis, with the second entrance for the free movement of the people of the house, the reception areas and the office on the ground floor, and the special rooms on the first floor. On the façade, the central axis of the entrance and the balcony is characteristically built with columns and pediment ending in lion heads and carved cantons of white limestone. The designs of the stone carvings surrounding the circle with the date of the house’s construction betray the influence of the West on Michalis Savvakis.

The exterior triple coatings with straight dark lines have a warm colour tone between ochre and brick red. The courtyard windows are among the most beautiful in the city with complex woven railings, and there is open space around the house with the necessary palm trees.


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