Saint Antoine Building
This is a large apartment building highly different from those buildings reflecting the contemporary trends in early 1900s in Grande Rue de Pera which could easily be found in a Northern Italian town, in the look of plazzetto. It is the revenue bringing apartment building of the San Antonio Church affiliated with the "Franciscan" order. However, it is mostly known with the equivalent of the word in French, the culture language of Pera: The Saint Antoine Apartment Building.
As the Italian community residing in Istanbul in early 20th century became quite crowded and it became necessary to enlarge the street so that tramway could run on Grande Rue de Pera, the old building had to be torn down and a larger one built.
A highly sloped large lot next to the side of the old church close to Galatasaray was purchased. The design was assigned to architect Guilio Mongeri, an Istanbul born Levantine and his partner Edoardo de Nari.Mongeri’s design bears the influences of Style Boito created by Camillo Boito who was his professor when he studied in the famed Accademia di Brera in Milan by interpreting the neo-gothic movements in his own way.
The church remains behind a “T” shaped yard connected to the street by a two storey pass. The entrances to the apartment buildings of two blocks are in the yard direction. On either side of the pass in front, four storeys on three stores each identified by pointed gothic arches are allocated as apartments. While pointed arched and flat marble lentil windows have been used together in the front façade, the larger ones were arranged separated into, once again, pointed arched triple windows.
On the second floor above the stores, three balconies each borne by consoles in the street direction and a heavily lentil with a pointed arch with lace like ornaments at the edges of the roof bring a relative vitality to the building.
In the yard front, two projections first in a quarter circle form, then square reflecting the floor plans and the three-storey oriel turning into a balcony on the fourth floor and the broad eaves on top of the entrances introduce some vibrancy to the building.