The Acropolis Restoration Project, Greece
Sponsored by Department of Classics & Mediterranean Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago
AIA Society Event: Chicago
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
University of Illinois at Chicago, Daley Library, Room I-470
801 S. Morgan St.
Chicago, IL 60607
"The Acropolis Restoration Project, Greece"
Tasos Tanoulas, The Propylaia Restoration Project
Although best known as a part of the Periclean building program on the Athenian Acropolis, the Propylaia played an important role in the later history of the city. From the third century CE onward, it formed part of the defenses of the Acropolis, and a portion of the building was used as the residence of the Byzantine Metropolitan of Athens, later expanded into the palatial residences of the French and Florentine overlords of the city. Severely damaged by a gunpowder explosion in 1640, the Propylaia was in a dilapidated state before it was restored in 1909-17 and again beginning in 1989. The latter project, directed by Dr. Tanoulas, just received the Europa Nostra prize for historic preservation.