400 meters from the historical center of Petropolis (RJ), a property that housed priests and seminarians for more than 120 years is being restored. The 19th century building will become a high-end residential complex.
The building that houses the São Vicente de Paulo Seminary will have 156 loft-style apartments with high ceilings and between 19 m² and 50 m².
The property, located on Avenida Barão do Rio Branco, was purchased in 1882 by the Brazilian Province of the Brazilian Mission Council, which maintains it to this day.
In the mid-20th century, a four-story annex building was built for the activities of the São Vicente de Paulo Seminary. As the number of seminars decreased over time, the venue was closed for 12 years, reopening in 2000. However, since 2008, the seminary has closed its operations permanently.
The French-style church complex also includes a 1940s chapel that is also being renovated. Masses are predicted to resume next year, open to the public.
Since 1998, it is necessary to look for investors to maintain the historical and cultural heritage site of the State of Rio de Janeiro.
The São Vicente Residence project is a partnership between the Congregação da Missão and the construction companies Solidum and Engeprat. The value of the project is R$ 35 million.
“It took seven years to get the project approved with Inepac [Instituto Estadual do Patrimônio Cultural]”, says Engebrot’s partner Luis Fernando Gómez. “One of the buildings was in a state of collapse, but it was a unique job.”
The first apartments to be offered this semester have attracted students from the nearby Petropolis Faculty of Medicine, and investors have focused on seasonal rentals, Gomez says.
“They respond to the concept of life It’s inside Moda, and more stable homes. In a seminary, priests and seminarians live in a common room, which can be up to 60 m². It was divided so that the apartments could be entered,” says the businessman. “On the second and third floors, partitions were made with drywall. But all the walls and forests are exposed.”
The plan allows apartments to be combined to expand views. The original characteristics of the Lazarist Seminary were maintained.
According to Gomes, the work preserves the entire architecture of the complex with few interventions. “In some places we have stone masonry, in others, pre-formed brick and wattle and daub. Plaster stripped columns. [etapa anterior ao reboco] Inside are brick crosses. It was an exhibition of the creative method of the time,” says Gomes.
There are components made from noble woods like Riga pine and cinnamon. “The parts in the Riga pine were imported during the Empire, they came from Russia,” Gomes says.
Original plans by the seminary’s architects were framed and displayed in the residence halls.
Before and after the garden
Before and after the facade of São Vicente de Paulo
Residents of the São Vicente Residence will have a large shared area with an outdoor work area, meeting rooms, garden, laundry, gym, gourmet kitchen and a restaurant with 8 meter ceiling height on stone walls.
Coliving spaces are managed by companies that specialize in home sharing.
“We negotiated to maintain and restore the library, with a collection of 40,000 historical books. There is even a copy signed by Machado de Asis,” says Luis Fernando Gómez from Engebrat.
Oz Small apartments Housing costs between R$ 240 thousand and R$ 600 thousand.
Who was Saint Vincent de Paul?
The French monk Saint Vincent de Paul founded the mission in 1625 with three other priests. Its purpose was to travel the French countryside to serve the peasants.
The priests were called Lazaristas because they lived in the house of St. Lazarus in Paris. Beginning in 1646, they visited Italy, Algeria, Ireland, Scotland, Poland, and Madagascar.
St. Vincent de Paul died in 1660 at the age of 79. At that time, the mission’s congregation had 622 members in eight countries.
The Lazarists arrived in Brazil from Portugal on April 15, 1820.
Besides Petropolis, the French priest was also honored at São Paulo. A street in the Santa Cecilia neighborhood in central São Paulo bears his name.
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