So here are a few photos of Valparaiso buildings. My new camera has a much wider lens than my previous point and shoot so i've finally been able to get some of the shots i always wanted to.
Naval HQ down in Plaza Sotomayor
I really like this building...kind of Art-Deco
This building houses the entrance to the Ascensor Peral
Recognise this house?
This is apparently going to be converted into either a hotel or lofts but it seems plans have been put on hold...it's a great building and perfectly located next to the Palacio Barburriza
Ahh, La Casa Crucero, one of Valparaiso's most famous attractions. Every year, 1000s of tourists stop in front of this house to snap photos.
Long before the current craze for loft conversions hit Valparaiso, a German guy renovated this huge old school and did a fantastic job of it. Apparently, he didn't make much money off it as at the time (late 90s) most of Chile thought Valparaiso was a rat infested hellhole. Many Chileans still think this, but that's because they have no imagination or inspiration.
This is part of Valparaiso University. Next door there's a school...despite the changes and gentrification, Cerros Alegre and Concepcion still retain a family and student atmosphere.
It's not just old houses that are gently decaying in Valparaiso
La Iglesia San Luis de Gónzaga
We visited this house last year when it was on sale. It was exactly like a Victorian house in England and reminded me of the houses in which i grew up
I love the detail on the underside of the sticky-out window (that's a technical term, by the way)
We also saw this property last year. It's being sold with the pre-approved plan to convert it into 5 lofts. I couldn't really get the numbers to work out but somebody else might. It's around us$180,000 if you're interested.
Just around the corner from me is this really cool old building from 1911. It's in a bit of a state and i hope it gets a good dose of gentrification soon...
That's it for now. I'm working on a piece about one of Valparaiso's most famous and prolific architects at the moment. It's going to involve a long walk around Valparaiso on a beautiful, sunny day, snapping photos of some of the nicest buildings in the city. Blogs are hard work...