Casa Tait

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Tait House (Casa Tait)
Estate of Meio, Museum of Numismatics
Residence (Casa)
Official name: Casa Tait/Quinta do Meio/Museu de Numismática
Named for: William Tait
Country  Portugal
Region Norte
Subregion Greater Porto
District Porto
Municipality Porto
Location Lordelo do Ouro e Massarelos
 - coordinates 41°8′52″N 8°37′43″W / 41.14778°N 8.62861°W / 41.14778; -8.62861Coordinates: 41°8′52″N 8°37′43″W / 41.14778°N 8.62861°W / 41.14778; -8.62861
Origin 18th century
Owner Câmara Municipal do Porto
For public Public
Easiest access Rua de Entrequintas
Management Instituto Gestão do Patrimonio Arquitectónico e Arqueológico
Listing Unclassified

The Tait House (Portuguese: Casa Tait) is a former 18th century residence, today Museum of Numismatics, in the civil parish of Lordelo do Ouro e Massarelos, in the municipality of Porto, in northern Portugal.

History[edit]

Throughout the 19th century it had been the formal residence for various and alternate families.[1]

On 22 April 1900, it was acquired by William Tait, a rich merchant connected to the commerce of the wine industry in Porto, but student of flora and fauna, who introduced various plants to Portugal.[1] In 1924, he authored The Birds of Portugal, published in London.[1]

Muriel Tait, who succeeded William Tait, sold the estate to the Câmara Municipal do Porto, with objective of transforming the site into a public greenspace.[1]

The house operates as a nucleus of the Portuense Gabinete de Numismática.

Architecture[edit]

The site is located in an isolate position, protected by high walls, overlooking the Douro River, with privileged views of the landscape.[1] From Tait's original interest in horticulture and flora, the Tait Gardens that include the classified Liriodendrum tulipifera, in addition to a rich collections of camellias and roses.

Opposite the building is the Quinta da Macieirinha (that serves as the Romantic Museum of Porto) and the gardens of the Palácio de Cristal (Crystal Palace).[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Filipe, Ana (2014), SIPA, ed., Casa Tait/Quinta do Meio/Museu de Numismática (IPA.00035057) (in Portuguese), Lisbon, Portugal: SIPA – Sistema de Informação para o Património Arquitectónico, retrieved 16 April 2017