... is a good way to arrange your thoughts, enjoy a good read in a park and prepare yourself for the rigours of the working week.
It can also be full of surprises, good or bad. This Sunday's surprise was indeed a pleasant one. The Nervión quarter of Seville is a mix of the modern and the traditional as far as architecture is concerned. There are areas of low-rise houses and others of the usual modern dreck, all jostling cheek by jowl.
To get to a local park I decided to walk parallel to the modern avenues, through the smaller, turn-of-the 20th-century streets and found this:
|Once a carpenter's, now a restaurant|
As we can see from the tiling at the top of the façade, the ground floor was originally a carpentry. Probably the other floors were flats occupied by the business owner's family. This was quite common in Seville - a whole bourgeois family building, owning and occupying a large building with the commerce on the ground floor and the others being given over to accommodation. In fact, I have a friend who is the member of one such family. This hearkens back to the medieval days of the merchant living above the shop with his whole household of family, servants and apprentices.
This particular business was built in what is known as the regionalist style - a reinterpretation of the traditional Andalusian / Moorish architecture - hence the arched windows and the square-roofed tower to the right. On the left we can also see a smaller, domed, tower - the dome being covered in tiles.
I did not go in, but I assume that the restaurant will occupy what was once an open courtyard with a fountain in the middle
A rather grand entrance - and probably
eminently practical when the carpentry was in
Surprisingly, the building is in a narrow street that is only wide enough to allow a single lane of traffic and had it not been facing another perpendicular street, I would not have been able to take the picture of the whole façade.
Strangely enough, the street has no name on Google maps. If you are interested, it is the street behind, and parallel to, Luis de Morales and is called Santo Domingo de la Calzada.