By Richard Mann

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL - The beautiful old mansion Joaquim Franco de Mello, located on São Paulo's world-famous Avenida Paulista, is now public property. The State Secretariat of Culture will take over the building after 27 years of deadlock with its former owners.

The landmark building, which was abandoned and bears graffiti-defaced walls, was ceded by the heirs of the Franco de Mello family to the state government on Tuesday, June 25th. The transfer is the result of a lawsuit.

Since 1992, when the manor was declared a landmarked property, the owners complained that . . .

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