Casa da Praça
THE ABANDONED HOUSE IN PORTUGAL
Casa da Praça is the oldest house in Frazão, a small village in the Municipality of Paços de Ferreira. The manor house was built in the 17th century. It is considered one of the most beautiful houses in the region.
The house is a rare example of baroque architecture. It belonged for several generations to the illustrious family Álvares, whose name and way of marriage was later adapted to Alves Barbosa, to whom he still belonged a few years ago.
On the cornerstone we can read the date March 5, 1799. But they think the house is much older. The chapel, devoted to São Paulo, was built in the 18th century. Prove are the ornaments, they are late baroque and already have some neoclassical elements.
The earliest registered owner was Manuel Álvares, who was a banker, judge, and owner of a tobacco business. His son marries Catarina Barbosa. Today, the Barbosa family still owns the house.
Today the cloistered courtyard is completely taken over by nature. On the other hand, the house inside is no longer in an original state. The interior was changed by an unfinished project that would transform this place into a modern hotel. For example, the roof and some walls were rebuilt by red bricks. It is a big contrast to the original granite walls. Due to the crisis, works stopped, leaving the hotel unfinished. I visited this house in 2016 and 2018. Click here for more abandoned locations in Portugal.