Sotiria Museum, Athens, Greece
General Thoracic Diseases Hospital of Athens “Sotiria” (Work contract for the “Museological-Museographical Study of the Museum”) Hellenic Thoracic Society (Assignment of a “Museological-Museographic Detailed Study of the Military Building of the Sotiria Hospital”)
MONUMENT RESTORATION SURVEY
Ifigenia Dimitriou (Architect Engineer-Museologist), Asimina Grigoriou (Archaeologist-Museologist), Emilio Bendermacher-Geroussis (Architect Engineer), Fotini Halvantzi (Architect Engineer), Konstantinos Toumpakaris (Civil Engineer), Maria Mageirou (Mechanical Engineer), Faidra Stragali (Graphic designer)
The “Sotiria” Hospital, located on Mesogeion Avenue, consists of 34 buildings. The history of the Hospital began in the early 20th century with the founding of the Sanatorium with the help of Sophia Schliemann. The “Military Pavilion”, one of the Hospital’s listed buildings, which will house the Sotiria Museum, dates back to the early 1910s when neoclassicism still dominated Greece. The building borrows elements of the Swiss chalet style (wooden roofs, etc.) but also uses a layout widespread in Sanatoria of the United States in the beginning of the 20th century (e.g. linear roofed balcony).
A multidisciplinary working group carried out an architectural survey and Restoration Study of the building and a Museological and Museographical study. The Museum aims to present the fight against tuberculosis in Greece and through objects, people and events to tell a story of more than 100 years, while highlighting and promoting an important collection unknown to the general public, to present the rapid evolution of technology, especially as regards medical equipment and to integrate the building itself at the service of society.
It is worth noting that in 2017 a complete series of detailed Studies was approved by the Central Council of Modern Monuments and the Museum Council of the Ministry of Culture. The completion of those studies led to the integration of the project into the Regional Operational Program “Attica 2014-2020”, which is in progress.