The House of the Columns is located in the center of the Triana district, specifically on the street Purity, in front of the apse of the parish church of Santa Ana, near the Altozano and Castle of St. George, the convent of Our Lady of Health, to San Jacinto and to Nuestra Señora de los Remedios.
The House of the Columns should be located approximately on the space of the disappeared Chapel of the Virgen del Buen Aire; In addition to the general tradition, the assertion can be supported by the fact that the presbyter Fernando Narbona, when he raised the House of the Columns towards 1780, placed a wooden cross in the garden in the place where the tabernacle used to stand.
After the disentailment, the house was acquired along with other houses on Betis Street by the Cuban Rafael González Abreu, promoter of the creation of the Hispanic Hispano Institute of American History. In our century it became the house or corral of neighbours, being declared the building in 1973 in a state of "total ruin", ordering the eviction of the same. In 1984, the City Council purchased the remains of the House of the Columns from the Instituto Hispano Cubano de Historia de América for twelve million pesetas and in March 1987 the building's rehabilitation works were awarded, ending in the summer of 1989. Currently the building It houses a Civic Center of the City of Seville, which houses several municipal offices as well as a public library.
The building has a rectangular floor plan slightly tilted to the left and occupies the right side of the block formed by the streets Pureza, Duarte, Betis and Juan de Lugo. It has facade to two streets, Purity and Betis, being the main entrance in first of them. It is a Patio House from the end of the 18th century in Sevillian baroque style. The rooms are distributed around two patios located both on the longitudinal axis that, from the cover of the street Pureza crosses the building.
The façade bay has three rooms, the hallway that leads to the larger courtyard, and two rooms, one on each side of the axis. This patio is of square plant, with arches on columns and pillars. The columns are Tuscan and the pillars of rectangular section. The latter hold a carpanel arch, while the remaining arches are half a point.
From here you can access the central area of the building where, always flanking the longitudinal axis of entry, there are several rooms. On the right side, the imperial-type staircase starts, framed by two pillars with two pilasters at the ends that hold three arches of irregular thread; the reduced center and the escarzanos laterals. On the upper floor, the landing of the stairs is organized in a similar way to the start.
The rear area of the building is organized around a courtyard of small dimensions and a square plan, with four chamfered pillars of clean brick that support very low arches that give way to a simple upper body pierced by rectangular windows.
The main facade of the Pureza Street is articulated through large Tuscan pilasters, boxed, on pedestals. In the center the cover opens, framed by Tuscan columns also on pedestals of brickwork. On this cover, fragments of plated with artistic corbels support the main balcony. The entrance door and the balcony are framed by mixed lines mouldings and on the very low arch of the door the date of construction is read: 1780.
On the first floor, on both sides of the balcony, are two balconies with tejaroz also located on pieces of entablature similar to those of the balcony. The façade is topped by a powerful entablature with thick modillions that support the cornice that supports the eaves of the roof.
The rear facade of Betis Street is of a secondary nature and has less packaging. It is organized on three floors, with this third floor or attic only in the front bay. The cover is executed in stone and its design is simple, based on two Tuscan pilasters that frame a flat vain on which is placed an entablature with corbels, on which the balcony is located. The attic is articulated by means of Tuscan pillars between which there are half-point windows and two narrower empty spaces. A cornice with corbels supports the eaves of the roof.
The factory of the building is of plastered brick, except for the front of the street Betis executed in ashlar masonry. The roof of the building is made of wooden Armor with ceramic roof covering.
Fuente: bdi del Patrimonio Inmueble de Andalucía (Junta de Andalucía)