On June 23rd, 2015 I wrote here about gargoyles.[1] The subject seemed so interesting that I decided to research a bit more. My main interest was the central gargoyle – a mist of a man, a bat and a frog – that decorates the façade of Castelinho Francês, in the neighborhood of Flamengo. I found […]

Hi, everyone! On April 25th the Christianity celebrates the Feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist, and therefore we pay here a simple tribute to this saint, one of the four evangelists, besides showing some invocations of his image in the city. Mark – or John Mark, according to some authors – was born around 10 […]

Olá, amigos! No dia 25 de abril comemora-se o Dia de São Marcos – além do aniversário da minha querida primogênita, a Malu -, e portanto fazemos aqui uma singela homenagem a este santo que foi um dos quatro evangelistas, além de mostrar algumas invocações de sua imagem na cidade do Rio de Janeiro. Marcos […]

This is not a blog about History. This is a blog about Architecture, if anything. But there are moments in which History and Architecture mix up in a way that it gets impossible to mention one without referring to the other. That said, it is mandatory to remember the story of the construction of the […]

24 ALVARO ALVIM STREET HEYDENREICH BUILDING, DESIGNED IN 1926 C. UNKNOWN AUTHOR | MORTAR BAS-RELIEF | 1926 As the Patron of Merchants, the roman god Mercury – Hermes, for the greek -, is the absolute champion of uses in Rio façades. He is everywhere, from the small commerce of the nineteenth century still standing sobrados to the […]

Hi, folks! Lately I´ve been gathering the references to catholic saints that occur in some tile sets in some Rio´s North Zone residences – most of them owned by portuguese natives. I intend to publish them some day, when the “collection” increases. In the meantime, and due to the proximity of Saint George Day – […]

Olá, amigos! De uns tempos para cá venho catalogando as referências aos santos católicos nos conjuntos de azulejos de residências – de proprietários portugueses, na grande maioria dos casos – da Zona Norte Carioca. Em algum momento pretendo, quando a “coleção” aumentar, publicá-los aqui. Enquanto isso, e aproveitando a aproximação do dia 23 de abril […]