Saturday, December 31, 2011

Edificio Petronio, Copacabana

Edificio Petronio, Copacabana

This is the foyer of Edificio Petronio in Copacabana.


  1. That's one stunning staircase feature!
    Happy New Year David.

  2. Maybe it is a case of less prosperous countries keep their Art Deco buildings. That foyer is just wonderful.

  3. Thanks Thomas.

    Could be Andrew. Certainly it helps if they didn't have the investment to built new apartments and lots of good examples can survive, hopefully, until there is money to restore them.

    All the best for 2012.

  4. Awesome. This looks like part of a 1930s movie set. I almost expect Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers to come dancing down them.

  5. Sorry David, but it seems you know nothing about that reality. Only prosperous people (yes, do they exist in Brazil, believe it or not) can keep in good condition a foyer like that. It is not explained by the lack of money.


  6. Desculpe!

    You are correct Helio and I know that there are many prosperous people in Brazil and have been in the past otherwise these fabulous buildings wouldn't have been built in the first place.

    I suppose the point Andrew was making is that unlike some countries such as the USA, England, Australia and others where the push for redevelopment means that older buildings get demolished there are other countries where there is not the money to redevelop and more older buildings survive in such circumstances.

    And the point I was trying to make is that when the financial climate improves then there is a wonderful stock of older buildings ready to be restored and refurbished.

    If Edificio Petronio has been maintained in this condition by the owners and/or residents (rather than restored later) then that makes it an even better story from my point of view.

    Obrigado pelo seu comentário.

  7. I've lived in this building when i was a kid.
    the image is the same as it was in the 70's.
    thank you for posting this picture, it brings good memories

    1. Obrigado Angelo!
      I am glad I've brought back some good memories for you. What a great place to live. And it is great to know that the building seems to have been maintained in a very good condition.