Athens Residence was built in 1869, at a time when modern Athens, the capital of free Greece as of 1834, was designed by Ernst Ziller and his team.
Ziller built around 500 of the most prominent and influential edifices in Athens, thus setting the architectural standards of the time.
He combined the Greek Classic and Italian Neo-renaissance styles into what is known today as Neoclassical Architecture. At that time Athens counted around 15 thousand inhabitants.
Athens Residence is situated amidst countless neoclassical houses to admire, in one of the most historical and picturesque areas of Athens. Its architecture incorporates the features of the 19th century neoclassical Athenian residence, with the typical L-shaped floor plan around the sunny “Athenian courtyard” accessible to all residents.
As residence of its first owner, the three-storey building survived intact until World War II. In 1942 a big fire burnt down all wooden structures and in 1945 a thorough refurbishment took place, introducing modern heating, electricity and a new façade influenced by 1940’s contemporary late art-deco style.
In the post WWII years and during the Greek Civil War years, which led Greeks to great hardship, the mansion was converted into a residential block of three independent apartments in order to house three families, descendants of the first landlord.
In 1993 the building was declared “modern monument” by the authorities of the Greek Ministry of Culture.
Under new ownership the house went through an 18-month ground-up restoration – completed in early 2017 – entering the 21st century with all contemporary amenities.
The new owners made a great effort to maintain all precious neoclassical characteristics from the nostalgic 19th century era, a time that we today recognize as the birth of modern Athens.
Around its authentic Athenian court, Athens Residence now features a unique blend of six landmark apartments, distinct in size and style, offering the true Athenian dwelling experience at affordable prices.