Former Town Hall and Prison

Former Town Hall and Prison

São Sebastião, São Paulo, Brazil

Equipment and Infrastructures

Dating from the late 18th/early 19th century, this building has been considerably modified. It has the same layout and façade as most buildings of its type, with a rectangular floor plan. The upper floor has rooms designed for both the council’s services and legal services, while the ground floor houses the prison cells. The façade is marked by a two-flight staircase with a high landing, as in the Town Hall and Prison of Ouro Preto, although it has a much simpler composition. Breaking the building’s overall solid appearance, at the top of the staircase is a wide portal flanked by six symmetrically arranged windows. There was originally a blind opening on the ground floor, but there are now two large, barred symmetrical windows. Made of stone and mortar, like most coastal buildings, its foundations are simple blocks of stone. It has a hipped roof with short eaves.

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