The Centro de Preservação Cultural (CPC) was established in 2002 as an organ of the PRCEU of the University of São Paulo. The CPC inherited from the former Comissão do Patrimônio Cultural, established in 1986, the role of promoting actions and reflections about the preservation of cultural heritage of the University, including its monuments, collections and memories. It is responsible for the formulation of guidelines and preservation of university heritage policies, the inventory of cultural property of USP, promoting and developing upgrading programs and documentation about it and advising processes of restoration, intervention, incorporation and alienation.

The change in 2004 of the headquarters of the CPC-USP – before located in University City – for a historic building in Bixiga enabled the increase in cultural activities and university extension, which has since introduced on its agenda the actions of the museum comunication, heritage education, dissemination of expertise and cultural socialization through research, workshops, courses, lectures, symposia, exhibitions, guided tours and artistic performances. Which activities has been contributing to the constriction and diversification of the links between the university and society.

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Its actual headquarters, the Casa de Dona Yayá, a building labeled by municipal and state authorities, was transferred to USP in 1969 as part of the Sebastiana Melo Freire heritage, the Dona Yaya. This is a residence in a typical eclectic style of the final architecture of the nineteenth and in the beginning of the twentieth century, built on the remainder of a brick cottage of 1870. From the 1920’s, this property became the residence of Yayá, who had signals of psychological disorders. The house was adapted to their particular health conditions, turning into a private psychiatric asylum, until her death in 1961. Since the house was incorporated into the patrimony of the University, were developed surveys and historical studies, that guided its preservation and culminated in the CPC-USP proposal and aimed to ensure its public destination as a place of memory, which its uses and activities should necessarily link up its historicity. Its restoration deserved the Prêmio Rodrigo Mello Franco de Andrade, awarded by the Instituto do Patrimônio Histórico Nacional (IPHAN) in 2004.

The CPC-USP was recently organized structuring in axes that facilitated the division of responsibilities, coordination of investments, continuity and coherence between the actions, the compatibility between the organ’s objectives and competencies and talents represented in its staff: Construction, Sets and Sites; Archives and Collections; Education and Memory; Promotion and Cultural Interaction; Documentation and Information.

Por Pró-Reitoria de Cultura e Extensão Universitária

Centro de Preservação Cultural – Casa de D. Yayá
  • Diretora Mônica Junqueira de Camargo
  • Vice-Diretora Fernanda Fernandes da Silva
  • Centro de Preservação Cultural
  • R. Major Diogo, 353 | Bela Vista
  • São Paulo - SP
  • CEP: 01324-001
  • tel.: (11) 2648-1501