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Manorial urban architecture in the world of coffee, Vassouras - nineteenth century

Grant number: 12/17919-4
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2013
Effective date (End): December 31, 2013
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History - History of Brazil
Principal Investigator:Rafael de Bivar Marquese
Grantee:Marcelo Rosanova Ferraro
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


This research intends to analyze the urban architecture in Parahyba Valley in the nineteenth century, by the study of Vassouras (RJ) manor houses. Although there are many studies concerning the political and economic relevance of the Parahyba Valley to the Brazilian empire, its urban spaces have been neglected, remaining all the attention on the plantation world. On the other hand, the studies on architecture and urbanism are usually focused on building techniques and formal aspects. This research intends to analyze the manor houses in their functional and social representation aspects in the urban spaces. Therefore, the purpose of this investigation is to understand the role of manorial urban architecture in Brazilian imperial society by the study of the manor houses of Vassouras most powerful families. (AU)

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