Helias Konstantopoulos’s Mansion, 29 Danaou Str., opposite to the post office
Municipality of Argos
It was built in 1912 by Helias Konstantopoulos, an Argeian merchant, who was preserving gristmills with his brother Vassilis at Piraeus and was trading flour in Argos and the entire Peloponnese. It is a work of the German architect Chiiller, while its brilliant interior décor is a work of Italian artists.
It is a bi-level building, spacious enough – the area of each level is 285 square meters – and it has all the characteristics of the neoclassic architecture. The entrance and the balcony are especially impressive. The balcony is used as a veranda of the 1st floor and stands on two pessaries and two columns of Dorian rhythm.
The famous actress Katina Paxinou, Vasilios Konstantopoulos’s daughter, lived in that mansion form time to time. During the period of German bondage, it lodged the German Administration and a group of Gestapo soldiers. After the War, it was used as a hospital and a High School for girls and later on by the Philarmonic and the Cultural Union of Argos for their events.
In 1987, the mansion was acquired by the Public Landed Association, which decided to vest it to the Municipality on the condition that it would be reconstituted and used as a cultural centre.
The Municipality accepted the compromise, and the reconstitution, at least in the external side, has been completed. According to a decision of the City Council, the Konstantopouleio Cultural Centre will lodge the Municipal Library, a Picture Gallery and a History Museum.
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