The construction that started in 1924 ended 5 years later and was built by a team of more than 600 workers.

Located between São Bento Street, Av. Saint John and Libero Badáro Street, the Martinelli Building was designed by Italian Giuseppe Martinelli in 1924 and was a great symbol of the city's progression. Currently, the building is one of the main architectural symbols of Brazil and was once a meeting point for high society in São Paulo. The Cine Rosário, barbershops, shops, a church and the luxurious Hotel São Bento have been there.

The start of the work generated a lot of controversy, because until then there was no building in Sao Paulo with great height. At the time, buildings over 10 floors were considered too tall. The initial idea was to make an extremely refined building, which in addition to impressing for its height, was also impressive for the finishes, with, for example, Carrara marble stairs, Swiss elevators, arabesques, glass, mirrors and Belgian wallpapers, sanitary ware and mirrors brought from Europe.

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Martinelli Building

THE Martinelli Building at the same time that it gained fans, it generated a lot of controversy and doubts, including the city hall, which decided to embargo the construction until it was proved that doing something so high (for the time) was really safe. The issue was resolved by a technical committee that guaranteed that the building was viable up to 25 floors, but as Giuseppe's goal was to reach 30 floors, he decided to make his own residence at the top of the building, completing with 5 more.

However, the luxurious construction came to a tragic end for Giuseppe. After several financial problems, the Italian had to give it to the government of Italy in 1934. With the beginning of the 2nd World War, the building then passed into the hands of the Brazilian government. The building ended up being very degraded, turning into a huge vertical tenement in the center of the city, families crowded into rooms that used to belong to the São Paulo elite, ventilation shafts and the elevator ended up becoming a large garbage dump, crimes and even deaths were committed inside. of the building, until in 1975 the City Hall of São Paulo decided to recover and restore it.

After being listed as a historical heritage site, the site now houses municipal secretariats; for visitors, the terrace and its panoramic view are available. To learn a little more about the history of the building and see it up close, just book a guided tour at the following times:


Guided Tour Martinelli Building. Photo: Gustavo Albano

+ info:

Martinelli Building
End.: The building has three entrances.
Rua Libero Badaró, 504 to 518;
Rua São Bento, 397 to 413;
Av. Saint John, 11 to 65.
Tel: (11) 3104-2477

Monday to Friday 9:30 am to 11:30 am and 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Saturdays from 9 am to 3 pm and Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm

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