Classified Immovable Properties

    AM029-Lou Kau Mansion

    Location: Macao

    Category: Buildings of architectural interest

    Introduction: No. 7, Travessa da Sé

    This house built around 1889, was the residence of Lou Kau, a prominent Chinese businessman known for his banking enterprise. His contributions to charity works earned him high respect in the local community and in 1890, he was honoured by the King of Portugal. The location of this old house is also a good testimony to the diverse social profile present in the centre of the old “Christian City”, where this traditional Chinese residence stands near Senado Square and Cathedral Square. Although the house is typically Chinese in its general architectural structure, the decorative motifs also integrate subtle western and regional influences, including the application of thin films of mother-of-pearl as glazing on the windows, integration of western style balustrades and the use of perforated wooden ceilings, similar to those found inside Macao’s churches, a technique that is also related to Macao’s tropical climate.

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