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Hi, I'm Stan Cabigas, a freelance photographer from the Philippines and available for work and collaboration. TenZeroFour is my Architecture and Interiors website and blog.

Circa 1900: Adaptive reuse of a Cebu heritage house

A grand Cebu heritage house, Circa 1900’s Casa Uno used to be the mansion of Dr. Jose Castillo at the start of the 20th century. It has been restored into a restaurant, piano bar and function space that opened in March 2014. I think this is a good example of adaptive reuse with great respect for its heritage and architectural integrity.

It’s a two level white mansion with a grand staircase leading to the second floor where the main restaurant is located. The interior is a minimalist design with heirloom pieces as decor. Partitions have been removed to make the space wider whereas those that were previous rooms provides a more intimate dining experience. At the back is an al fresco dining area with so called batibot chairs and tables.

These photos of this Cebu heritage house were photographed April, 2014. Today, this house had some changes already and is called Casa Uno as the restaurant includes another heritage house just across this structure, aptly named Casa Dos. The owners, Chef Steve and Eya Shrimski also owns Canvas Bistro featured here before.

Circa 1900 Casa Uno
Sanjercasvil Road, Gorordo Avenue
Lahug, Cebu City, Philippines
(032) 239 6265 or 0923 279 5616
Open everyday: 11 AM – 12 MN

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