Team visits Rota dos Casarões and studies project for restoration of buildings – GAZ


In the last week, the architect Kelli Laura Lago, the cultural collector Jacqueline Sanchotene, the cultural manager Glaci Braga da Silva and her husband Paul Timms, born in England, visited Sobradinho. The purpose of the visit, according to Kelli, is due to a project aimed at the Rota dos Casarões, located in Campestre, in the interior of the municipality. In addition to writing the script, they met with the director of Culture and Tourism of Sobradinho, Ingrid Hermes.

The initiative seeks, according to Kelli, to analyze the existing architectural collection and to be preserved and that, if restoration is plausible, it is possible to forward projects for the restoration of the mansions. “The Casarões Route is an already consolidated route and these mansions need to be preserved and also restored so that this route continues to exist, as well as to preserve the memory and local identity”, explains the architect.

Ingrid Hermes welcomed the team at Casa da Cultura

The team will develop the project aiming to be carried out through the State Law of Incentive to Culture, based on the ICMS tax. Glaci and Jacqueline were responsible for managing the restoration project of “Casa Cercato”, in Garibaldi, through which Kelli became closer, who learned about the initiative in Serra Gaúcha.

With the recent return to Porto Alegre, the team will plan a work proposal for the Rota dos Casarões. “We were very well received by people and, in addition to this receptivity, we were also enchanted by the architecture of this series of mansions. Tourism is making a strong comeback, so it can be an important economic factor even to keep the population in the city”, emphasizes Jacqueline.

The formatting of the project will be based on the visit to the Rota dos Casarões. “Here there is a very rich heritage, a very interesting historical heritage, an oral memory that needs to be worked on, a material that needs to be publicized and it is very whole, a characteristic that for the heritage is a blessing and there are houses that no one has touched them”, stresses Glaci.

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According to the cultural manager, the project also seeks to understand the population about the importance of heritage education. “What you have here is very rich, materially and immaterially. It is Italian culture very well preserved and with a lot of passion, a lot of solidarity with the people, a community that knows the meaning of the word community. Our role will be to help in this way so that, when presenting these projects, all this is well tied together so that they can be approved in the Incentive Law and, thus, the sponsors will be able to invest, deduct from the ICMS that they would pay and have a lot to disclosure of their names linked to municipal patrimony, as well as the city will be widely publicized”, he emphasizes.

This, according to Glaci, is a team effort, which involves the formatting of the project, but also the community, which needs to know, give an opinion and approve about what can be done. “Our reception with the Rota dos Casarões staff was fantastic. We were delighted with the city”, he emphasizes.

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In addition to the restoration, according to Glaci, it is also necessary to study the sustainability of the project, such as the sale of handicrafts that are connected to the Route, the question of accommodation for visitors, such as an inn, if there is space for a restaurant in the region, which would bring feasibility for the execution and maintenance of the itinerary, boosting regional tourism. “The first step now is the analysis of everything we have seen. When in doubt, we will request more material. Let’s see the situation of each property visited, because to enter the Law it is necessary that they are listed. After this planning, the work proposal will be presented to the Rural Tourism Association of Campestre (Aturcamp) and also to the City Hall. If approved, it should take another six months for submission to the Law. In this way, fundraising can take up to eight months to start happening”, they explain.

According to Kelli, initiatives like this one are important for the preservation of buildings and local history, since the feasibility of restoration is usually a process that requires broader resources, making it difficult for owners to maintain them on their own.

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