Built in 1878, the Averof building is one of the most important Neoclassical buildings in Athens and one with great significance to Greece’s recent history. Following a 7 year-long conservation project, the Averoff building was recently awarded with Europa Nostra’s Grand Prix, the most prestigious prize for cultural heritage in Europe.
A local award ceremony was scheduled for June 14th, 2013. Sadly, however, two weeks before the ceremony, the Averof Building was in a sorry state: its walls, pillars and entrances had all been “decorated” with multiple layers of paint and graffiti!
Feeling obligated to help, more than 35 volunteers worked in groups for 2 days to perform a thorough cleanup of the vandalized facades, refresh the painted surfaces and renovate the surrounding gardens.
Additionally, by applying a special, anti-graffiti coating, the building is now better protected against similar acts of vandalism in the future!
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