Exemplary urban renewal in old town Lagoa

Casa Pombalino – a restoration project that Lagoa can be proud of

When redeveloping the centre of towns and cities anywhere, local councils are all too often faced, in the name of progress, with having to accept faceless residential or commercial projects replacing historic buildings.

This has sadly happened in many of the Algarve’s towns and cities, but these days we are finally starting to see sensitive development when historic façades are restored to their original appearance with interiors redesigned and upgraded to modern standards. Such projects are often not considered commercially viable, but there is a growing demand for these properties.

This potential was identified by local property development company Oaktree Projects, when they discovered one of Lagoa’s oldest townhouses that dates back to shortly after the great earthquake of 1755.

This is a substantial old house, located on Largo Alves Roçadas in the centre of town, just a short walk from the municipal market. The property had been abandoned for over 20 years and was in a very poor state of repair, to the extent that the interior had to be totally re-imagined.

What was originally thought to be a five-bedroom house with an outdoor toilet and bathroom has been turned into a beautiful modern home with three en-suite bedrooms and all mod cons. The exterior, however, has been totally restored to how it is thought to have looked over 250 years ago.

The blue colour is typical of houses built after the earthquake in the “Pombalino” style, named after the Marquis of Pombal, who was tasked with rebuilding Lisbon and other cities after the earthquake.

It took the Oaktree’s small but dedicated team 14 months to complete the house that has been christened Casa Pombalino – a restoration project that Lagoa can be proud of.

By BRUCE HAWKER

BEFORE – the property had been abandoned for over 20 years