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New life for poet’s house

History: A striking neoclassical building with an inner courtyard and elevated garden is where interwar poet Napoleon Lapathiotis (1889-1944) lived and died. Built in the early 1880s, it has a marble balcony, with curved railing, ceiling paintings and an exceptional painted metope that will be restored. Condition: Very bad. Arson and successive squatters have caused extensive though not irreparable damage. Future: It was bought in 2007 by private owners for use as a residence. The Council of Modern Monuments praised the preliminary study by architect Yiannis Saitas. Statics and electromechanical studies are pending. Work is unlikely to begin before 2009.