The Argyros Mansion was built in the preexisting ground space used as warehouses and stables from the Argyros family. Following the traditional island architecture with arches and vaults interior, George Argyros built a canava (wine warehouse) in 1860 to meet the needs of his winemaking work. After 28 years he started building the mansion. Argyros Mansion architecture was based on the architectural plans of Bavarians architectures and reflecting the current aesthetic of the era.
The daily life of 19th century in Argyros Mansion.
In Argyros Mansion history still “breathes” and reveals all the habits, the customs and the everyday life aspects of the 19th century in Santorini for an illustrious family. The construction of the rooms “whispers” it in the best way. Let’s have a look…..
– in the living room with the Austrian furniture and the marvelous Russian buffet along with the piano room with its unique sound echo, that indicates that the children of that age were learning music, art and French at the French School of Fira.
– in the dining room, with diameter of 5 meters, with the attractive Viennese furniture, and the dining table which could accommodate up to 18 people and shows that evening parties (called veggera) with many guests could not be satisfied by anything less comfortable and classy.
– in the office of George Argyros, strategically placed to overlook the fields, but also with its own entrance to welcome guests who visited him to take care of their business.
– finally, placed diametrically opposite, the pair’s bedrooms make clear that the increased obligations of the house’s master, he needed to wake up early in the morning, combined with the custom of the time that wanted the married couples who lived in big houses to have different bedrooms, testify in the most elegant way the charming aspects of another routine.