The foyer, showcasing formal beauty and classical references, opens up to an intricate wooden staircase centered in the core of Casa Carlucci. The floor is covered in Portuguese ceramic tiles that frame the room. The many different hues represented in these tiles not only connect to Portuguese history and its relationship to the United States (US), but create beautiful contrast against the yellow walls. Limestone moldings frame each entrance and window, while additional plaster moldings ornament the walls and artwork. The ornamentation within the classical moldings signify intellect, artistic skill, and refined elegance. An intricately designed ceiling invites visual contemplation, while Neoclassical characteristics introduce the architectural history of the building. 

Stair Hall

From the foyer, the stairs lead up to the main floor. They are u-shaped with a landing in the middle and a decorative railing going up, which turns into a balustrade on the main floor. Surrounding the stairs on the second and third floors are columns with ionic capitals. This creates an interior peristyle, reminiscent of classical design. The stair hall is located in the center of Casa Carlucci. The entrance to the stairs lies on the first floor past the foyer, with stairs going up to the second level. Above the stairs, the second floor is open to the roof, where a skylight causes natural light to flood the space. The second floor serves as the most important public area due to its location. There is open circulation space surrounding the stairs, allowing access to nearly every public room on this floor. Because this space is so central, it is also a focal point in Casa Carlucci. 

Green Room

The Green Room is located in the upper north-east corner on the second level of Casa Carlucci. It connects to the stairhall twice on the west wall, and once with the Pink Room on the south wall. The room is has a rectangular shape, and its three entrances emphasize focal points from each location. From every entrance to the interior space, the large glass chandelier in the center of the room is the focal point. When entering the Green Room from the Pink Room, the far wall features a five-panel painting of the passion narrative of Jesus Christ. Additional paintings above are the focal points.

Pink Room

When proceeding through the grand foyer, through the Staircase Hall, and up the grand stairway to Casa Carlucci’s first floor or piano nobile, visitors have the opportunity to enter a formal seating room, known as the Pink Room. A double-door entry leads visitors from the Staircase Hall to a majestic view of a neoclassical- ornamented and exquisitely-carved marble fireplace set between two nine-foot high French windows. There are a few architectural finishes, decorative and fine art pieces in the Pink Room that have been recognized as cultural heritage assets such as a marble fireplace, a massive crystal chandelier hanging in the center of the room, and lastly an 18th-century transitional Louis XVI neoclassical commode. The atmosphere is elegant and luxurious, and complemented by furnishings and finishes.   

Dining Room

The dining room in Casa Carlucci is located on the piano noble, in the southeast corner of the building. The room’s primary entrance is from the Foyer, and it has a secondary entrance through the Flag room. The room is rectangular, with neoclassical interior architecture and finishes. The room is used for dining, and there is a middle Georgian period, Chippendale-style dining set in the center, with a chandelier above. Another focal point is the ornate, black marble fireplace on the wall. The walls are painted cream, with dark wood floors. This is accented by a green and gold color palette for the drapery and other details in the space. The room includes four walkout windows, as well as numerous other pieces of furniture and artwork.

Art Collection

George Glass, the current Ambassador of the United States to Portugal, and his wife, Mary Glass, share a love and knowledge for collecting sacred art, including religious-themed historic oil paintings. This video presents the museum-worthy personal art collection of the George Glass family that is currently on display in Casa Carlucci and additionally the Art in the Embassy Collection selected by the family for integration in particular rooms.
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