Republican homes: modern flows in domestic architecture in Santa Fe de Bogota, 1820-1900

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (2018) Republican homes: modern flows in domestic architecture in Santa Fe de Bogota, 1820-1900. In: Sparke, Penny , Brown, Pat , Lara-Betancourt, Patricia , Lee, Gini and Taylor, Mark, (eds.) Flow: interior, landscape and architecture in the era of liquid modernity. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury. pp. 109-119. ISBN 9781472568038


The transformation of the bourgeois home in Santa Fe de Bogota, the capital of the new Republic of Colombia in the nineteenth century, started with the inherited and traditional Hispanic type of dwelling, that of rooms surrounding an inner courtyard. It then witnessed the gradual introduction of changes to its facade and interiors, inspired by European trends and the adoption of new materials and building techniques; a process that culminated in a building boom in the last decades of the century, including the construction of large suburban villas surrounded by gated gardens. The new home came to be seen as the defining marker of the elite Republican citizen and the preeminent place for private life. This chapter examines how the Republican home gradually evolved to become more private, formal, sophisticated and exclusive, changing forever the way its interiors and address to the street related to the urban and natural landscape. This transformation went hand in hand with the modernization of the city and the emergence of new public spaces of sociability such as parks, boulevards, clubs and theatres.

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