The Impressive facade has three floors, that formerly was denominated “sobrada”, which is finished, of its last floor, with a balcony of carved tea which competes in beauty with the contiguous of the neighbouring house. The facade has at the same time nine windows, also of wood, and framed with artworks of vegetal motifs. Looking upwards, you can see over the central window, in carved stone, the coat of arms of the fonseca House (1715). The windows on the second floor are covered by iron railings. On the main floor, two windows on each side, flank the central door of big studded quadroons panels.
In reference to the inside, stands out the courtyard with tall Corinthian pillars of tea, with pedestals of stone, and the superior part covered with Corinthian capitals that support the superior gallery formed with coupled balusters with floral motifs. Curiously and contrary to the majesty of the house, the access to the top of the house is through a narrow spiral staircase of tea. On this floor there is actually the museum that has rooms with panelled ceilings.
I every part of the house, the material used is the Tea of canarian pine. This wood was very common in the traditional canary houses, because of their beautifull and strength, that although is difficult to cover it, it support perfectly the weather action. The wood used in this house, never has been treated or painted, a for that you can appreciate the delicacy, cleanliness, and the wonderful labor of the master carpenters that worked it.
The walls, in Stone and mud, many of them with more than a meter of thickness, form big rooms very well aired and luminous.The inside courtyard, in two levels , has an exuberant vegetation and its decorated with an authentic wine press and a winery. It has past four hundred years, and the wood still expesl resin. Much of the wood used originated from the old houses from the end of XVI century, built in the same place, that were pulled down in 1657, building in its place, the actual House of Balconies.
Futhermore, given the great importance that this implies fo us the conservation of this great historical and cultural patrimony, we would like to share with you this space formed by all those people interested in the conservation of the cultutal patrimony
Eladia Machado House
Less monumental and more discreet than the house of balconies, the actual Eladia Machado house, ex Molina convent, was built by Francisco de Molina y López de las Doblas, belonging to his family during many centuries.
In the second half of the XIX century, a lodging establishment dedicated to the care and teaching of cock fight, until the actual owners arrived, the sirs Schönfeldt and Machado.
Built over two floors, in its façade stands out the front plateresque of stonework. In the ground floor of the pedestal and in the extreme of the cornice is a vegetal decoration enclosed in ovals.
The balcony, exposed, very narrow and of beautiful carved banisters, has a base of stonework with two lateral ends, and its decorated in its lower part with a line of denticles.
The Eladia Machado house is actually “the souvenir paradise” inasmuch as in its suggestive rooms you can find the best of the handicraft and typical food products of the Canary island.