The historic building in the heart of Athens that housed the headquarters of New Democracy for many years will turn to a luxury hotel.
The emblematic building at Rigillis Street number 18, only a block away from Maximos Mansion and the Presidential Mansion, was the home of Greece’s conservative party until the height of the economic crisis.
Current New Democracy president Kyriakos Mitsotakis decided to move the party headquarters to a larger building in the humble Moschato neighborhood to cut operation costs, as the rent at Rigillis was high and the building was small and some of the party services were housed in other premises.
The owner company of the building is the institution Botanical Garden Julia & Alexander N. Diomedes. According to a Tornos News report, the lease has already been signed between the owner company and hotel company The Margi SA.
The building will be leased for 50 years at 16,000 euros a month, while the cost of reconstruction will reach 1.68 million euros.
Constantine Karamanlis decides to house the new party at Rigillis
The Rigillis building was the home of New Democracy since the party was founded by Constantine Karamanlis in 1974. It was his choice, as it is an architectural masterpiece.
The neoclassical building is the work of the architect Anastasios Metaxas (1862-1937). He was one of the most important architects of his time, competing with Austrian Ernst Ziller who built the Parliament (as the King’s Palace at first) and many of the historical buildings in Athens.
Metaxas’ works include the Presidential Mansion on Herod Atticus, the Palace of Prince Nicholas and Queen Sofia, which now houses the Italian Embassy, and the Andreas Sygros Hospital.
The floor plans follow the layout of private hotels in 19th century France and England. It has a magnificent marble staircase leading to the first floor and to the three large reception rooms, lounges and dining areas. Equally impressive is the rear view of the garden, with elements from the tower villa built in areas such as Kifissia in the 19th and early 20th century.