Cunhas Department Store - Porto, Portugal
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N 41° 08.839 W 008° 36.936
29T E 532256 N 4555182
Quick Description: Armazéns Cunhas is a department store on the Praça de Lisboa ('Novelties, We Sell Cheaper' is its motto) with a lovely 1930s front featuring a huge peacock.
Location: Porto, Portugal
Date Posted: 10/11/2011 1:12:24 PM
Waymark Code: WMCTPG
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7
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Long Description:
Manuel Marques was born on 25 December 1890 in Avintes, Vila Nova de Gaia. He was the son of Adolfo Marques, a carver, and Esperança Francisco Pinto, and brother to Adolfo and Francisco Marques, a woodcarving master.

After the end of the 1st World War, he pursued his training in Paris, together with fellow colleagues Heitor Cramês, Joaquim Lopes, Manuel Amoroso Lopes, among others.

He designed over 150 projects throughout his career, some individually and others in cooperation with fellow colleagues, such as Júlio de Brito, João Peneda and Marques da Silva, Amoroso Lopes and Coelho de Freitas.

Some of his most known projects include the Barbearia Tinoco (a Barber’s), in Sá da Bandeira Street (1929), Vitália Chemist, at 34-37 Liberdade Square (1932), a joint project with Amoroso Lopes, in a modern-style building with a geometric façade, the Armando Peres House, in 1933, and the Armazéns Cunhas (Department Stores) (1933-1936), at 14/22 Gomes Teixeira Square, in cooperation with Amoroso Lopes and Coelho Freitas. This project involved the combination of three 19th century buildings with one single façade in Art Déco.

On 26 March 1927 he was appointed Professor of Decoration at the Porto School of Fine Arts. In 1947, following the suggestion of Joaquim Lopes, he was temporarily assigned to Sculpture after the death of the office-holder.

He was also a member of the Aesthetics Committee of the Porto City Hall.

He died on 11 October 1956.
Style: Art Deco

Structure Type: Commercial/Retail

Architect: Manuel Marques

Date Built: 1936

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