In 2017, the Surinthon English Home - the first house that Professor Silpa stayed at in Thailand - opened to the general public as an art gallery and museum
Prof. Silpa Bhirasri, originally named Corrado Feroci, was an Italian artist from Florence who came to serve as a sculptor in the reign of King Rama VI, before becoming a respected practitioner of Thai arts, and the first rector of Silpakorn University. His important works include the Democracy Monument, the Victory Monument, and the King Rama VI Monument at Lumphini Park.
Prof. Silpa Bhirasri's first house possesses the classic beauty of Victorian renaissance architecture, characterized by its use of bright yellow. It was once the house of Phraya Ratanaratphalop, a royal servant in the reign of King Rama V, before the government set it up as a residence for Italian artists. Accordingly, the Italian teacher lived here with the family for 8 years.
In 1978, the Fine Arts Department of Thailand registered this valuable building as a historical site under the supervision of the Army Internal Audit Office. Later, the heirs of Phraya Burutratana Rajaphanrop and students of Prof. Silpa Bhirasri found enough evidence to convince them that this house was once the residence of the father of contemporary Thai art. This finding inspired the idea to transform the house into a learning resource. In 2018, another major change took place when Craftsman Roastery, a famous coffee shop, rented space in what had become the Surinthon English Home and opened a beautifully finished cafe and restaurant. Decorations depict scenes from the professor’s life. There is also an art gallery on the second floor, which along with the café below, have given new life to this historic house.
The Surinthon English Home is located inside the Army Internal Audit Office on Rajavithi Road, Dusit District, Bangkok
Food and drinks are served every day from 7am to 7pm.