Antigo Banco de São Paulo (EN)

Built between 1935 and 1938, it is one of the most beautiful and luxurious Art Deco examples in town. Designed by architect Álvaro de Arruda Botelho, it features a richly decorated lobby: the floor consists of a mosaic of ceramic tiles; solid granite tables decorated with crystals refer to the old banking transactions; and the great hall on the mezzanine is fully coated with hardwood.

Curiosities:

– At the dawn of the decade of the 1920s, Art Déco was a movement in the field of visual arts that sought to break away from the academic and historicist styles, being characterized by modern decoration with geometrical motifs, prime materials and simplicity of style.

– Antigo Banco de São Paulo [Old Bank of São Paulo] was founded by the Almeida Prado family at the closing of the 19th century.

– Its interior also holds Carrara marble counters, alabaster chandeliers, clock with sculptures, in addition to wooden and leather articles worked by Liceu de Artes e Ofícios. [São Paulo School of Arts and Crafts]

– The building of The Former Banco de São Paulo is part of the ‘Architecture in Downtown’ thematic itinerary. For further information, access www.cidadedesaopaulo.com or seek the nearest Tourist Information Center.

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Address: Praça Antônio Prado, 9 – Centro.

Opening hours: Monday thru Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Nowadays it is the seat of the São Paulo State Department for Sports, Leisure and Youth.

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