Architecture

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In the picturesque Leonidio which is the capital of Tsakonia is situated the Mansion House of Hiotis, where its construction started in 1860 and was completed in 1864 by the noble businessman Konstantinos Hiotis with registered office of his businesses Varna in the Black Sea, in order to be used as a residence when he was visiting Leonidio at regular intervals.

Almost 160 years later, the magnificent mansion building was completely restored in a unique way, so that its most characteristics (ceiling paintings, wall paintings, wall decorations, wooden ceilings, laths from wood and stone, wooden delicate casings, ceramic tiles with depictions) which specify the imposing appearance of the building to be maintained, to be repaired and to be brought out, as is proper to the rich history of the mansion house which constitutes a genuine model of the architectural heritage of Leonidio.

The study and the supervision of the restoration works were made by Dr Architect Katerina Parpairi and her associates (Dr Parapairis Apostolos and the architects Gounela Lito, Koutsogianni Marina, Fotopoulou Anastasia, as well as the civil engineer Anastasopoulos Stefanos and the mechanical engineer Parpairis Dimitris), a well known architectural office with significant experience to the restoration of Listed and Traditional buildings, as well as residential complexes from Zagoria until Crete.

In the study were used all the findings of the historical building, photographic documentation, publications as well as extensive bibliography in order to achieve the objective of exploiting the real estate, by introducing a new usage which will be  completely compatible with this of the tourist accommodation (Hotel of traditional type, Α΄ Class), and by using the initial mansion building.

The careful selections of the study group regarding the design and the construction have been facilitated to a significant degree by the experienced associates Papoutsis Georgios and Tzimas Ilias who were responsible for the restorations of ceiling wall paintings, fireplaces, tiles and photographs as well as from the excellent cooperation with the family D. Reppa that inherited the mansion house and constitutes the new body of ownership and management of the cultural hotel.

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