The restoration process of the residence required a seven year collaboration with several teams of experts, in terms of mapping the pathology, architectural and interior design, permits and construction, in order to bring to life a well preserved and functional building. From the design process to the completion of construction every stage was carried out by our design build firm, Patsios Architecture and Construction.
The main building consists of 2 stories, as well as a basement and a roof. In contact with its eastern side, a building addition consisting of the same levels has been built in a later stage. The main building and the addition are surrounded by a private courtyard. The typology of views and floor plans of the residence is a typical example of eclecticism of the old town of Xanthi. The main elevation of the house, as well as, the floor plan are symmetrical. The original floor plan of the residence was altered by internal arrangements and divisions into smaller utility spaces that arose in later phases.
The aim was for the layout of the main spaces to resemble the original state of the residence and to make only necessary changes in order to adapt the space to the new requirements. In this direction, the entire main building is freed from auxiliary functions, which are now transferred to the building addition. This addition is completely remodeled to accommodate all the auxiliary spaces, as well as, the installation of an elevator for the vertical communication of all levels.
Throughout the whole restoration process a certain goal is maintained,the full recovery of the character of the Old Town Mansion by protecting, preserving and strengthening its basic elements. The purpose was to bring back elements of the building that had been lost over the years or were altered presenting a strong pathology. A great number of elements were preserved, maintained or reconstructed with great fidelity, using the corresponding local materials or even pieces of the old elements. The painted decoration on walls and ceilings was revealed and reproduced in the spaces of the central Hall on the ground floor and first floor. In the rest of the rooms , a ‘witness’ (piece of the original painting decoration) was kept, while the rest of the area was painted in the basic shade of the original mural.