- Photographer: Åke E:son Lindman
Lisbon, Portugal. Ambassador’s residence
The property was probably built in the mid-19th century. The Resteiro family had the building remodelled and sold it to the Swedish State in 1979. The plot sits high up in the district of "a Lapa" in Lisbon. Views from the uppermost of the three floors take in the mouth of the Tagus river and the Atlantic.
The property comprises two buildings with a small garden in between. The main building serves as the residence for the Ambassador. The annex currently provides housing for diplomatic staff and two small temporary apartments for household staff. There are two garages, one of which has space for two cars.
Major renovations have been carried out over the years that the National Property Board Sweden (SFV) has managed the property. In 1994, SFV replaced all the windows. In 1996, the residence was reworked to create accommodation for diplomatic staff. The residence was then renovated and remodelled in 2000–01. The renovations involved a plumbing overhaul, a full refurbishment of the kitchen and serving room, a new bathroom in the private quarters and switching from oil to gas-fired heating.
The property is partially listed, which means that the renovation work has not been entirely without its challenges. Since the façades cannot be changed, the garage doors cannot be widened, which has made it difficult to drive in and out of the garages, for example.
Rua Sacramento a Lapa 41