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Other Palácio da Fonte da Pipa, Portugal, Summer 2016

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The story behind Palácio da Fonte da Pipa begins in 1875, when Marçal Paheco (deputy mayor of Loulé) decided to purchase a plot of land just outside the village with the intention of building a house for himself, similar to the ones he had seen on his travels throughout Europe.

 

Unfortunately he died in 1896 before it was completed. In 1920 the property was sold to Manuel Dias Sancho, a wealthy bank owner who completed the construction work with some adjustments to the original plan, such as the addition of electricity.

 

Then with the financial crisis of 1929 and the ongoing political turmoil of the time, the owner was left penniless and his home was reposessed by the Banco Du Algarve (Algarve Bank).

1935 came along and the latest wealthy owner was a gentleman named Francisco Guerreiro Pereira. An action from him that lasts to this day was the addition of the exotic plants in the grounds. In 1948 he died and it was passed on to his eldest son, who then sold the property in 1981 to “Quinta da Fonte da Pipa, Urbanizações, Lda”.

 

It is not clear what this company used the property for, or if they simply wanted to demolish the building and develop the land, but from artefacts left in the building it seems it was used as either an office or for paperwork storage for tour companies and resort owners for a few years before being abandoned.

 

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