Photographer's Note

In 1866 Francisco de Faria Straw Lacerda, writer and playwright, chose to build his own theater, associating with influential friends, the Duke of Palmela, and Frederico Ribeiro da Cunha Biester. The choice of this area of the city was justified by his former vocation cultural and recreational - will work there in mid-century. XVIII, Trinity College, the first People's Opera Theatre. The building was erected on land lying between the Largo da Trindade, who gave him the name, and the streets of New Trinity and Broad of San Roque (now Mercy Street). In this place existed at that time only a few huts and courtyards, as well as the ruins of a palace that the 1755 earthquake destroyed the palace of the Counts of Alva.

The architectural project, designed by Miguel Evaristo Pinto de Lima, prepared to taste the time, retained some characteristics of Pombal style, which was seconded some assumptions of neoclassical Italian-style then in vogue. The shape, the rhythm of fenestration of the facades, the existence of bay windows at 1st floor, shops on the ground floor, the corners of masonry, raised to the bench and talon are trademarks distinctly Pombal.
Cyma curves and corners to close the whole building at the top, are already neoclassical features, such as the portico of the order made, with pilasters addorsed the wall, the triangular pediment, the balcony running freestone, with balustrades and wall-coated masonry joint split, the main façade. The medallions of the Italianate facades emphasize the taste, representing the Muses which are distinguished by their attributes and the main facade, three great figures of national literature. Ran along the facades of monumental friezes, which circumvented the window frames, but were removed in mid-1960.

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