Signaled next to the São Roque da Lameira road, in the place of Quintas de Campanhã, Casa São Roque was a simple two-story building, with a discreet, solid and well dimensioned presence, overlooking the South.
Between the architect, José Marques da Silva, and the manager, António Ramos Pinto, there was a relationship of complicity, much needed to integrate the skills of the craftsmen in the transformation of the simple building into the ecletic mansion we see today. They followed a bourgeois conception for the external appearance, without wasting the interior refinement or the camellias garden, one of Porto’s identity marks.
This book covers the story of the House and its inhabitants, accompanied by an original photographical record and also a perspective on its landscaping and how it fits the context of the different centuries as well as on the centennial camellias that decorate the garden.
About the authors, Domingos Tavares is an architect, Emeritus Professor at the College of Architecture of University of Porto and a researcher at the Center for Studies in Architecture and Urbanism. Teresa Portela Marques is a landscaping architect, Professor at the College of Sciences of University of Porto and a researcher at the Center for Research in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources. André Cepeda is an artist and photographer.