Old doors of Ipanema
Last week I discovered two streets tucked in between the Lagoa and the beach that are almost exclusively older houses and apartment buildings built, by the looks of them, in the 30s, 40s and 50s. [I did a small search on Ipanema hoping for historical dates of when this area began to be vacation hot spot and didn’t find anything to put a definite age to these homes – so I am guessing based on some information tucked back in a back corner of my brain. Time to search for a book.] I use this time frame because by the mid 60s the buildings were flat, square, with aluminum windows and the 80s on were coated with blocks of marble or granite, and now the apartment buildings have large panes of glass – windows of glass, doors of glass, balconies of glass – no personality or grace.
These streets are filled with homes with wooden doors and shutters, balconies, thick stucco, stone work, inlayed tiles and real wrought iron. I’ve been back three times. I am going to get called into the police for casing the buildings with my camera. Each time I’ve walked through the area, I found different details that make my heart pitter-patter with affection for an era gone by and a history not protected by the locals. The apartment buildings are 3 or 4 story with one, maybe two apartments per story. The private homes are becoming dress shops, beauty salons, daycares, doctor and attorney offices.
More buildings, doors and windows seen along the way.