NEW EVALUATIONS IN TERMS OF ART HISTORY ABOUT THE STATUS OF AN 18TH CENTURY ISTANBUL MANSION IN BOSPHORUS


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Arslan H.

METU JOURNAL OF THE FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE, vol.31, pp.97-117, 2014 (Journal Indexed in AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 31
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.4305/metu.jfa.2014.1.5
  • Title of Journal : METU JOURNAL OF THE FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE
  • Page Numbers: pp.97-117

Abstract

NEW EVALUATIONS  IN TERMS OF ART HISTORY ABOUT  THE STATUS OF AN 18TH CENTURY MANSION IN BOSPHORUS

Located at Bebek Quarter, Yoğurtçu Zülfü Street, map section 67, city block 529 and land plot 15, the Kavafyan Mansion, which one of the pioneering building of the 18th century Bosphorus inner-side architectural culture, has the distinction of surviving the oldest and the only example of traditional Turkish house in Istanbul. In addition to the traditional elements of the venue setup, it is also highly significant in terms of featuring the first examples of mural paintings with landscape that emerged alongside Westernization begun with Sultan Ahmed III.  Furthermore, heretofore unrealized  18th Century Dutch Tiles found in various places of which the similar ones are found at the Topkapi Palace Harem Chambers increase  the significance of the building.  This matchless mansion has a great value; not only in terms of the Art and Archirectural history;  but as well as in terms of the Turkish cultural  history. In spite  of its registeration as “A cultural asset that is required to be preserved as is” in 1973 and classification “as a historical artefact at the first group”  in 1998 by the Cultural and Natural Heritage Protection Board,  today  it is facing the danger of extinction due to the certain legal issues. This study intended to an extensive evaluation  regarding all the features additional with the new findings of Kavafyan Mansion based on its current status in 2013 in the context of art history .

Located at Bebek Quarter, Yogurtcu Zulfu Street, map section 67, city block 529 and land plot 15, the Kavafyan Mansion, one of the pioneering buildings of the 18th century Bosphorus inner-side architectural culture, is the oldest and the only surviving example of traditional Turkish house in Istanbul. In addition to the traditional elements of the venue setup, it is also highly significant in terms of featuring the first examples of mural paintings with landscape that emerged alongside Westernization begun with Sultan Ahmed III. Furthermore, heretofore unrealized 18th Century Dutch Tiles found in various places, of which the similar ones are found at the Topkapi Palace Harem Chambers, increase the significance of the building. This mansion is invaluable; not only in terms of art and architectural history; but also is in terms of Turkish cultural history. This building, in spite of its registration as "a cultural asset that is required to be preserved as is" in 1973 and classification "as a historical artifact at the first group" in 1998 by the Cultural and Natural Heritage Protection Board, today faces the threats of extinction due to the certain legal issues. This study focuses on extensive evaluation regarding all the features additional to the new findings of Kavafyan Mansion based on its current status in 2013 in the context of art history.