THE HOT BOX
The Iron House (Casa do Ferro) was designed by Gustave Eiffel in the late 1800’s as a home for the Portuguese Governor of Mozambique. It was completed in 1892. The building itself answers the question – did Eiffel ever go to Africa? He designed the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty and Maputo’s grand Train Station. This is not his finest design in terms of form or function. Totally unsuitable for the heat, this elaborate hot box was never used for it’s original purpose. Like many Eiffel constructions this structure was manufactured in France and then shipped to it’s final destination. This probably explains why no one thought beforehand that it would be too hot to live in. Today it is used by the Mozambican Central Office of Historic Monuments with the help of modern air conditioning. It is located to the left of the entrance of the Botanical Gardens.
Address Praça da Independencia, Maputo
Directions Near the entrance of the Botanical Gardens