With its layout and interior décor, the Eccel-Kreuzer House in the Portici is an outstanding specimen of a middle-class merchant house of Bolzano.
It is a typical House in the Portici, i.e. a house under the colonnades, running from the southern colonnades to Via Argentieri. It must have originally been a commercial building under the colonnade that eventually adjoined a warehouse on the south and a residential building on Via Argentieri.
The oldest walls date back to the 13th century. The underlying Romanesque construction was enlarged and extended all through the following centuries.
The outer appearance and the interiors show clear signs of Gothic and Renaissance extensions.
In the 16th century, some vaults were added to the ground-floor rooms of the building in Via Argentieri, while the upper floors were split into the typical houses of the time, with a living room, a kitchen and a bedroom. Above the colonnade, the house was eventually extended and decorated with traditional features. Between the 17th and the 19th century, the houses were redecorated and completed, but no major structural renovation took place until the 20th century.
While in the hands of the Eccels, then the Kreuzers, in the mid-20th century the building began to be used as a design store and art gallery, giving it its current name and purpose.