The building

It is located on the hill’s north side, where the old city of Xanthi is built, a few meters away from the Square of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. The building is rectangular structured and divided into two identical residences. Every one of them has its own private entrance, two floors and a basement and a along the building gable tiled roof.

It is obvious that the designs Kougioumtzolgou brothers brought from Russia became the basis for the plot. That is the reason why there is a small open area in the back of the residence’s yard, where two Turkish baths are located. What is more, the existence of a double residence is really rare; twin residences displaying similarities in the outer face and the interior construction of the rooms.

The imposing scale and façade ornamentation are also really impressing.

The exterior walls are made of stone and connecting joint, as revealed during the building’s restoration.

On the main facade, on Antika Str., there are twenty six (26) rectangular windows; each one of them has an uncoated brick frame and carved stones (sandstone). Both entrance doors are arched and have also a frame of carved stones and windows on the right and left side, which are narrower than the others. The axis of symmetry passes the entrance doors of each residence; which supplements the whole building’s axis of symmetry.

The facade ornamentation includes frame openings (doors-windows), pseudo- piers consisted of impost brick, pediments, frames consisted of chain-bonded bricks in pairs, balconies with ornate railings, colour contrast in the materials etc. reflecting the designs’ European origins.

The set of gutter and water catchment system is made of cast iron. The building was surrounded by a yard. At the south-western edge end was later placed a small building. So today, on Antika Str there is a narrow yard, while in the back of the double residence there is a larger yard with two Turkish baths in a traditional oriental form (quadrangular buildings with a small dome on each ceiling).

Resulting from the typological features we could easily realise that this is a typical Greek 19th century neoclassical residence.

In addition, the interior of the building is divided into thirteen (13) rooms, symmetrically distributed according to the axis separating the two residences, as revealed in the ground floor’s plot.

On the ground floor both residences have a large rectangular entrance hallway. At the end of it is located the staircase leading to the first floor, behind of a partition made from glass and wood. On either side of each hallway there are four rooms. The same space allocation prevails on the first floor. In those floors we can observe the interior design having used the fresco technique and being full of ceiling paintings.

In the basement, mostly used as a storage space, are located along a hallway the rooms in sequence. They are bigger compared to ones on the other floors and have arched entrance openings.

All windows and doors have wooden casing and initially only glass panes. All the ground and first floor’s floors are made of wood.

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