House of Câmara Cascudo, Rio Grande do Norte
Learn the history of one of the most important names in RN
Luis da Câmara Cascudo is one of the most respected researchers folklore and ethnography of Brazil and the leading intellectual behalf of the state of Rio Grande do Norte.
Son of a colonel and a housewife, a wealthy family, Luís da Câmara Cascudo studied at the Externato Heart of Jesus, a girls' school run by nuns. Had private tutors and then by the will of his father, moved to the College of St. Antonio.
During adolescence, had a reputation for philandering, but ended up falling in love with a girl of sixteen, Dahlia, whom he married in 1929. They had two sons, Fernando Luis and Ana Maria Krab.
Cascudo held various public functions, including teacher, school principal, secretary of the Court and State Legal Adviser. As a journalist, signed a chronic daily newspaper "The Republic" and contributed to several other media outlets of Recife and other cities.
In politics, was evangelist fundamentalist ideology (a Brazilian adaptation of fascism), acting militancy in the press. In 1951 he became Professor of Public International Law at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte.
Three years later, launched his most important work as a folklorist, the "Dictionary of Brazilian Folklore", reference work worldwide. In the field of ethnography, published several important books like "Network Sleeping" in 1959, "History of Food in Brazil" in 1967 and "Names of the Earth" in 1968. Published later, among others, "Geography of Brazilian Mitos" with which João Ribeiro received the award from the Brazilian Academy of Letters.
In 1965, Cascudo wrote a definitive work, "History of Rio Grande do Norte", collecting research on their homeland, which they never turned off. His full, dense and vast, work encompasses more than 150 volumes. The researcher worked until his last years and was awarded dozens of honors and awards. He died aged 87.
LUDOVICUS - Instituto Câmara Cascudo
The LUDOVICUS - Instituto Câmara Cascudo is a civil association, non-profit organizations in order to preserve, promote, manage and capitalize on the cultural heritage of the Luis Cascudo. The headquarters of the institute is located in the house where he lived.
Located at Câmara Cascudo Avenue, Center of Natal, the house where Cascudo lived most of his life, has always been a reference address the culture of our state. Cascudo´s correspondents out of Brazil wrote on the envelope just LUIS CHAMBER CASCUDO - NATAL - BRAZIL, and the letter came, prissy, correct address. In it, Shelly not only lived, but he wrote almost all of his immense work and amassed one of the largest "Brazilian cultural wealth". It was at that sobradinho Ary Barroso drew a pentagram on the wall with the first bar of Aquarela do Brazil, followed by the dedication: "To the genius and his friend Ary.".
Also Assis Chateaubriand, the almighty owner of Associated Newspapers, the largest network of radio stations, television stations and newspapers in the country to 60, would write on the wall: "I'll be glued to this House as a husky in the background the river Potenji ".
The house was built as a cottage in 1900 by Afonso industrial Saraiva Maranhão. Today, despite some minor renovations, the building still retains many of its original features, such as the implementation on the alignment of the street. It has a rectangular plan, with coverage in two waters falling to the side yards of ground, with this cover surmounted by a cornice (projecting frames that serve the trim to the top of buildings) and lambrequins (ornament in the shape of a lacy) highlighting the eclectic treatment of the work. Highlights the influence of the neoclassical style in the presence of a triangular pediment with an oculus (opening or window circular or oval) center on its front facade.
Originally the house belonged to the father of Krusty, Judge Dr. Teotônio José Freire (1858-1944), who acquired it in March 18, 1910 at a price of $ 00 8:000 (eight contos) in lawful currency when transferring Afonso Saraiva , former owner of Natal. The deed of the house were drawn up by Notary Miguel Leandro Nascimento Natal in the June 17, 1910. It was born of his wife Shelly, Dahlia Freire Krusty, Krusty and married Dona Dahlia, their children were born Fernando Luis and Maria Anna, and married his daughter Anna Maria. On January 17, 1947, Shelly bought the cottage of his mother Dona Maria Leopoldina Viana Freire for the price of 70. 000 cruises and current legal tender, since the father was deceased. There he lived until the end of his days, in 1986, and where returned always saying: "The best of the trip is to be back." In 1990, she was registered at the state level as a means of preservation and historic preservation.
In addition to its own architecture home guard precious collections Krab accumulated throughout his life. Inside are collections of Brazilian and foreign folk art, religious art, African ethnography, indigenous art, commendations, art gallery and furniture. A very peculiar curiosity of it are the walls of the library, which are filled with autographs of numerous distinguished visitors of the house such as: Juscelino Kubitschek, Gilberto Freyre, Ary Barroso, Procopio Ferreira, Dorival Caymmi, Barbara Heliodora, Mário de Andrade, Luiz Gonzaga , Jararaca and Mouse, Malba Tahan, Eva Todor, Monteiro Lobato, Maranhão Djalma (former mayor of Natal), Waldemar Henrique (known Brazilian composer), João Café Filho, Rui Barbosa (autographed photo with the text "To my good friend Camera Krab. Rio de Janeiro, August 21, 1941. "), Sylvio Piza Pedrosa (former mayor and former governor of the state) and the composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, who commanded Krab your photography with this autograph: "A good test to take a friend Cascudo", dated 10/06/49.
In 2005, the House found itself seriously compromised by a termite infestation in your roof. To solve this problem a restoration was started in December the same year, all held their own resources. Besides the new timbers and roof, floors and ceilings of wood, doors and windows, iron railings and floor tile hydraulic were recovered. The furniture has also undergone a careful restoration returning the splendor of the historic pieces as a set of rosewood sofa and chairs belonging originally to Peter Old.
The restoration was completed this year and the house is open to visitors of all interested in knowing a little more potiguar master. The house is steeped not only memories of family and friends, but also of a life dedicated to knowledge and culture of our state and our country. Cascudo gave her alone unmatched work, not only in the volume of production as well as the amplitude of its themes, causing Brazil is known through its cultural diversity.
Operation: 3rd to Saturday from 9 to 17h.
Box office: closes at 16:30.
Not open for visits on Sundays and Mondays.
Price of Admission: R$ 2,00 (two reais)
Students with wallet pay half price.
The ticket can be paid in cash, with no advance ticket sale.
Address: Câmara Cascudo Avenue, 377, Cidade Alta
Natal / RN, CEP: 59025-280
Phone: (84) 3222-3293 and (84) 3221-0131