Two houses with the same image, a true reflection of each other, the same measurements, the same windows, identical gardens and exact façades. Such are the twin houses on Borbolla Avenue, numbers 55 and 57.
“Old” Sevillian neighbors, with almost 100 years of history, but greatly unknown to the city, possibly because they are surrounded by the great beauty of singular buildings in the Regionalism architectural style that invaded the capital at the beginning of the twentieth century.
The identical neighboring houses in Porvenir were developed with the clear idea that they would be exactly alike, perhaps because the owners were going to be, a gift from their father, so fulfilling his express desire to give each son a gift. The buyer was Vicente Aceña, president of the Mercantile Circle at the end of the nineteenth century, who put Juan Talavera in charge of the curious work.
The style of the “identical twins” on Borbolla Avenue perfectly responds to the architectural canon in the first phase of Regionalism which follows the Neo-Mudejar esthetic introduced by Aníbal González during the first years of the second millennium and which standout for the decorative motifs similar to those of sixteenth century palaces covering the exteriors. Experts claim that Talavera was inspired by the Casa de Pilatos.
Talavera played with the volumes and highlighted the lookout towers, preceding from the turrets of the Neo-Baroque epoch. In these dwellings can be observed the abundant use of stucco, but very carefully tooled. It is very likely that because of their proximity to the fairgrounds of the Exposition of 29, the buildings anticipate the dominant style of the pavilions and monuments raised by the city’s most famous architects.
This construction was one of Talavera’s first incursions into local architecture which he worked on for 20 years, a period that contributed to its development and consolidation.
Over time, the building that was born with a clear vocation to surprise with its singular design has been prey to its destiny and architectural advances and, although they may seem the same as 100 years ago, the interior of one of the “twins” underwent a remodeling in 1989 to adapt to the needs of its occupants. One of these continues to be a residence, while the other has become an office.