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Casa dos colacos

Casa dos colacos

Casa dos colacos, Margao

Any local would immediately recognize it as ‘the Bishop’s house’, probably because of a notable son, Jose Colaco, was a Bishop in Cabo Verde.

Striking ancestral homes snuggle next to each other in the architectural landscape of the commercial capital. One that you can’t miss is the majestic yellow and white casa with it’s elegant swirling staircase located on the Bernardo da Costa Road. Any local would immediately recognize it as ‘the Bishop’s house’, probably because of a notable son, Jose Colaco, was a Bishop in Cabo Verde. Antonio Colaco, another luminary from the family, served as the first Lok Sabha MP post Liberation.

The home was built somewhere around 1896 by Servulino Jacinto Colaco. Later after the death of the last surviving Aunt Margarida who died at 99, the home was shut. It lay in a state of decay, until Filipe and Lorna Colaco, restored it back to it’s glory days.

The couple who spent most of their years abroad were sure of making Goa their retirement home, but never imagined living the dream in Filipe’s ancestral home. “We had intended to retire in Goa. I visited and scouted for homes but
never worked. This option fell on our lap,” says Lorna. Both share that years prior to the actual purchase the idea of them buying the property arose. At that time ‘we couldn’t afford it’, they said. But all the years of hard work abroad paid off. While the main structure has remained, the layout inside changed. New walls went up and a few came
down to make space for larger hall and rooms.

Filipe recalls ‘all happy times’ spent in the house on his trips to Goa and how his Uncle and Aunt would advice him to keep the home in the family. “When I used to come here on business and both would say keep the house in the family and don’t fight. The family resolved it amicably,” he adds.

Renovation followed smoothly with their German business friend Rudi Eller who ‘took pains and immense joy in helping him to restore the home.’ Architect Rabindra Kakodkar and his able assistant Lalita Alvares further executed the plan. Well known restoration artist Agnelo worked on the paint and the old paintings and main altar.
The couple plan to enjoy their suave dwellings and keep the heritage of the family alive.

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