Thursday, July 3, 2014

n the XIX century the money smelled of coffee in Brazil, and the owners of coffee plantations were no less rich and influential than modern oil barons. Brazilian landowners did not stint on the improvement of their possessions - the average homestead at that time consisted of several buildings surrounded by gardens in the French style. Often there and had its own church - Catholic immigrants from Portugal were religious. But even the most fervent prayers did not save their possessions from the decline. Coffee has remained one of the most popular beverages, but the era of "coffee states" is long gone. Plantation houses are dilapidated or even ordered to live long, replaced by more modern buildings. So the architect Jorge Elias lucky when he discovered not far from Sao Paulo Manor San Carlos.