NEWS

Ruin and hopes

Inhabited by pigeons and homeless people, the house of Ziller and Loverdos has fallen into ruin in recent years. The Byzantine Museum and the Restoration Directorate have taken drastic action. They have cleaned up the interior and the facade. One caryatid has been removed and taken to the Conservation Directorate. Documenting treasures Though the building has been subject to depredations, the museum has taken the precaution of documenting all the surviving treasures so that restoration can proceed. Covering an area of slightly more than 1,000 square meters, the house has an unusual floor plan. The entrance to the house facing Academias (a part which still belongs to the Loverdos family), was decorated with a steel dragon (which has since been removed), which sparked rumors of what went on inside the building. Closed for many years, the house was used for some time as the wardrobe of the National Opera company until a fire destroyed a considerable part of the interior.