M E M O R Y

Após o ciclo escola-maternidade-hospital, o prédio ficou abandonado por 15 anos. E já quase centenário, teve sua vocação social resgatada, convertendo-se em espaço cultural, graças a um grupo de pessoas que começou a transformá-lo: do abandono à ocupação, à vida artística, ao fazer diário. Desde o início desse processo, em 2009, é constante a preocupação em manter a identidade cultural coletiva que está estampada nas paredes e detalhes do imóvel. Todas as reformas e modificações são baseadas na preservação da história do lugar. A cada parede descascada, um mundo revelado, um pedaço da história de muitas pessoas que passaram pela escola e pelo hospital. E são muitas as camadas das paredes, das pinturas, portas, janelas e pisos. Todo este movimento incansável de manter o prédio e sua história vai contra o sistema cruel de especulação imobiliária que a região oeste de São Paulo tem sofrido na última década. Acreditamos que a perda do patrimônio representa a perda da história e da identidade, pois a história do nosso bairro e do local onde convivemos e habitamos é única e insubstituível, e a destruição das suas representações materiais significa o esquecimento de parte da nossa identidade cultural. E esquecer nossa cultura é esquecer quem somos. Dar importância à preservação de um prédio histórico como esse, portanto, é trazer à luz os significados que vão além do valor material e estético, conservando elementos da história do lugar e de sua população. Mesmo cuidando sempre da manutenção do espaço – sem deixar de propor inúmeros eventos e ações culturais –, o prédio necessita constantemente de intervenções que demandam mão de obra especializada e muitas vezes estão fora das nossas possibilidades financeiras. Tudo o que foi feito até hoje para que o prédio pudesse ser minimamente recuperado e habitado, aconteceu graças à ação de pessoas interessadas em mantê-lo em funcionamento. Um trabalho de formiguinha com muito suor e muita, muita mão na massa. Graças a colaboração dessas pessoas é possível manter o espaço ativo e em processo constante de recuperação.  Se quiser fazer parte dessa construção, venha nos conhecer, ser um associado, acompanhar nossa programação ou colaborar com nossos projetos

A Casa é uma antiga edificação de história longa e movimentada. O prédio com área construída de 970 m2 em um terreno de 1.250 m2, está dividido em duas partes. A primeira construção deu lugar ao Grupo Escolar Anglo Brasileiro, que funcionou entre 1933 e 1955. A segunda construção foi erguida em 1955, após o fechamento da escola, e deu lugar ao Hospital e Maternidade São Marcos, que se transformou no Hospital Geriátrico Anglo Brasileiro no final da década de 70, fechando suas portas no ano de 1995. 

Um prédio que foi testemunha de nascimentos e mortes e que faz parte da história e memória do bairro, a popular Vila Anglo Brasileira, moradia de imigrantes na zona oeste de São Paulo.

The Casa (House) is an old building with a long and busy history. The building with a built area of ​​970 m2 on a plot of 1,250 m2 is divided into two parts. The first building was the site for the Anglo Brasileiro School Group, which operated between 1933 and 1955. The second building was constructed in 1955, after the school was closed, and São Marcos Hospital and Maternity started its activities becoming the Anglo Brasileiro Geriatric Hospital at the end of the 70s and closed its doors in 1995

A building that witnessed births and deaths and which is part of the neighborhood’s history and memory, the popular Vila Anglo Brasileira, home to immigrants in the west of São Paulo.

After the school-maternity-hospital cycle, the building was abandoned for 15 years. Almost a hundred years old, its social vocation was rescued, becoming a cultural space, thanks to a group of people who began to transform it: from abandonment to occupation, to artistic life, to daily activities.

Since the beginning of the process in 2009 there has been a constant concern to maintain the collective cultural identity that is stamped on the walls and details of the property. All renovations are thought to maintain the history of the place. With each peeled wall, a revealed world, a piece of the history of many people who passed through the school and the hospital. And there are many layers of walls, paintings, doors, windows and floors.

Everything that has been done to recover the space has happened thanks to the action of people interested in keeping it up and running. A detailed and careful work with a lot of sweat and much hands-on work.

All this tireless movement to maintain the building and its history goes against the cruel system of real estate speculation that the western region of São Paulo has suffered in the last decade. We believe that the loss of heritage represents the loss of history and identity, since the history of our neighborhood and the place where we live is unique and irreplaceable, and the destruction of its material representations means forgetting part of our cultural identity which is the same as forgetting who we are.

Observing the importance of preservation of a historic building like this, therefore, is to bring to light the meanings that go beyond the material and aesthetic value, conserving elements of the history of the place and its population.

Taking care of the maintenance of the space while proposing innumerable cultural events and actions still demands constant needs renovate demanding specialized labor which are often beyond our financial possibilities. Everything that has so far been done so that the building could be minimally recovered and inhabited, has happened thanks to the action of people interested in keeping it functioning. An ant job with a lot of sweat and a lot, a lot of hands-on work. Thanks to the collaboration of these people it is possible to keep the space active and in a constant process of recovery.

If you want to be part of this construction, come and meet us, be an associate, follow our schedule schedule or collaborate with our projects.

M E M O R Y

The Casa (House) is an old building with a long and busy history. The building with a built area of ​​970 m2 on a plot of 1,250 m2 is divided into two parts. The first building was the site for the Anglo Brasileiro School Group, which operated between 1933 and 1955. The second building was constructed in 1955, after the school was closed, and São Marcos Hospital and Maternity started its activities becoming the Anglo Brasileiro Geriatric Hospital at the end of the 70s and closed its doors in 1995

A building that witnessed births and deaths and which is part of the neighborhood’s history and memory, the popular Vila Anglo Brasileira, home to immigrants in the west of São Paulo.

After the school-maternity-hospital cycle, the building was abandoned for 15 years. Almost a hundred years old, its social vocation was rescued, becoming a cultural space, thanks to a group of people who began to transform it: from abandonment to occupation, to artistic life, to daily activities.

Since the beginning of the process in 2009 there has been a constant concern to maintain the collective cultural identity that is stamped on the walls and details of the property. All renovations are thought to maintain the history of the place. With each peeled wall, a revealed world, a piece of the history of many people who passed through the school and the hospital. And there are many layers of walls, paintings, doors, windows and floors.

Everything that has been done to recover the space has happened thanks to the action of people interested in keeping it up and running. A detailed and careful work with a lot of sweat and much hands-on work.

All this tireless movement to maintain the building and its history goes against the cruel system of real estate speculation that the western region of São Paulo has suffered in the last decade. We believe that the loss of heritage represents the loss of history and identity, since the history of our neighborhood and the place where we live is unique and irreplaceable, and the destruction of its material representations means forgetting part of our cultural identity which is the same as forgetting who we are.

Observing the importance of preservation of a historic building like this, therefore, is to bring to light the meanings that go beyond the material and aesthetic value, conserving elements of the history of the place and its population.

Taking care of the maintenance of the space while proposing innumerable cultural events and actions still demands constant needs renovate demanding specialized labor which are often beyond our financial possibilities. Everything that has so far been done so that the building could be minimally recovered and inhabited, has happened thanks to the action of people interested in keeping it functioning. An ant job with a lot of sweat and a lot, a lot of hands-on work. Thanks to the collaboration of these people it is possible to keep the space active and in a constant process of recovery.

If you want to be part of this construction, come and meet us, be an associate, follow our schedule schedule or collaborate with our projects.