At Venizeloy Street 23, between Ermou and Egnatia Street, one can find Palais Ermeion. This edifice, which demonstrates the glory of eclectic architecture, was built in the 1920s and designed by the architects S. Milonas and A. Georgakopoulos.
The most impressive part of the building is the arresting gate that leads to a lodge, named the Stoa Ermeion. Thanks to reinforced concrete, which began being used during that period of time, the architects managed to design facades almost totally covered in glass, and therefore interior spaces full of light and with great views. Two more remarkable characteristics of Palais Ermeion are the beautifully adorned ceilings and the large atriums in the centre of every floor.
For many years the building operated for commercial use, whereas today many of the apartments, unfortunately, are unoccupied.
Is there a building of similar architectural style in the area you live which is unoccupied? Would you say that this is a common occurrence?
The original article, published in Greek, can be found here.
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