Architecture on Skopelos
ARCHITECTURE ON SKOPELOS. The architecture of the houses on Skopelos presents a particular interest; it cannot be placed in one category; in reality, one can distinguish four basic architectural types: one influenced by the Venetians, one with elements from Pilio and Macedonia, one rural and one neo-classic type. The Venetian domination influenced local architecture, as many of the churches on the island were built then. Later, popular residences were influenced by the Pilio and Macedonian type due to the contacts with Pilio, but also due to the immigrants from Macedonia. In Chora of Skopelos one can find many
Macedonian type houses with two or three storeys and wooden roofs covered with slates. The façade of the last storey is usually made from tsasma (clay, goat hair and small sticks), thus creating the well-known sachnisia (protrusions) with many windows. In Chora, as in other settlements on the island, we come across some stone-built houses, which have one to three storeys and balconies with a wooden lavatory at the end.
The neo-classic type appeared after unification with the new Hellenic State. Then, the rich houses owned by merchants or ship owners had neo-classic elements added to them, such as facades with marble doorframes, decorative elements etc.
On their insides, the houses in the town of Skopelos are richer than those in Glossa and Klima, which are mainly of rural type. What can be distinguished are the porcelain items, the glassware and the wooden furniture, such as couches and cribs.
Many of these decorative items were brought by sailors from their travels and the housewives usually placed them in the stolio , an area at the top of the internal staircase- and they were a sample of the financial status of the family.
The notable book Skopelos, The landscapes and vernacular architecture of an Aegean island by architect Marc Held, dedicated to the technicians and villagers who created the island throughout the centuries, offers a view into the core of folklore architecture on the island.