The Old National Printing House is an example of early neoclassicism on Stadiou Street.
Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )
1854 Fire destroyed the first floor.
1890 Restored as a ground floor building.
1932 A floor is added and the facades are reconstructed according to designs by Fivos Zoukis.
1984 The extra additions are demolished and Dikeosinis Square (Santaroza) is created.
1996 Restoration is completed.
Ottoman era (1453- 1821)
Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)
Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)
Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)
Classical era (478-323 BC)
Archaic era (800-479 BC)
Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)
Prehistory (-1100 BC)
What I can see
The former Royal Printing and Lithographic House and later National Printing House (1863) was a building of early neoclassicism, but during its later renovation, eclectic elements were added. So today, we see the version after its repair and additions of 1932. The floor plan preserves the Π-shape of the ground floor’s original design, and meanwhile, the later eclectic design is evident, thanks to the neoclassical door frame, the frieze decoration and the decoration of the second floor with red surfaces. Today it remains unused and time wears it out.
What I can't see
It was one of the first public buildings of the Greek state and was probably designed by Joseph Hoffer. The State Bookstore was also housed here, during the reign of Otto. The building had a Π-shaped plan, and in the middle of the ground floor, a smaller second floor existed. Stadiou Street did not exist, as it was a stream, and in front of the printing house there was a wooden bridge connecting the 2 sides of the stream. At the end of the 19th century, and after the building had been repaired with a new design, the press of the time spoke of “the great ugliness of the National Printing House”. During most of the 20th century, it housed the Court of First Instance of Athens, as a result of which the building underwent many additions. These have been removed today.
- Address: Stadiou St.
Last visit 21/11/2022
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