Domestic architecture in 16th century Seville: San Salvador

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https://doi.org/10.4995/vlc.2018.10017

Keywords:

Seville, 16th century, domestic architecture, apeo, glossary

Abstract

This study is based on historical documents belonging to the most important ecclesiastical institution in Seville during the 16th century. The Cathedral’s archives have been consulted, with special focus on the section devoted to books of written descriptive records of houses (called ‘apeos’) that belonged to the Cabildo (Chapter) in 1542. These records not only documented the physical distribution of the houses with measurements in Castilian yards of the different parts of the house, but also described the more qualitative features of the interior architectural design. The main purpose of this study is to characterize the typical Sevillian houses from historical documents of the period focused on the collation of San Salvador. By way of a novel methodology, the following steps have been developed: first, an architectural analysis; second, a typology of houses based on functions, dimensions, construction, lay-out, etc.; third, a detailed glossary of architectural terms listed to permit a rigorous understanding of the domestic architecture in 16th century Seville; and finally, an example of every documented record has been drawn. Among the most significant conclusions is that the Sevillian dwellings of that period reflected the Islamic terminology, architecture, construction and lay-out typical of Andalusia, but with distinctive features of Sevillian housing.

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Author Biography

María Núñez-González, Universidad de Sevilla

Doctora en Arquitectura y Asistente Honoraria en el Departamento de Expresión Gráfica Arquitectónica de la Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de la Universidad de Sevilla. Colaboro con el Proyecto de I+D HAR2014-52248-P dirigido por M. Elena Díez Jorge de la Universidad de Granada financiado por el Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (Vida y distribución de espacios en la arquitectura doméstica. Siglos XV-XVI). Además, miembro del grupo de investigación HUM-976 Expregráfica dirigido por Antonio Gámiz Gordo en el departamento de Expresión Gráfica Arquitectónica en Sevilla.

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2018-10-31

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