..The house itself has a typical atrium-tablinum- garden layout. The entrance opens off the south side of the Via dell'Abbondanza near its junction with the Via Stabiana.
The walls of the fauces (a) retain some plaster remnants, but what
remains is too faded to allow a clear description of its decoration.
The fauces opens directly onto a rectangular atrium (b) complete with a central impluvium which featured a small fountain. The house is in a general state of disrepair with little in the way of remaining decoration.
early photograph on the left shows the atrium as it was in about 1870.
Comparing this photograph with the more recent picture directly above
gives some idea of the loss of fresco decoration that has taken place.
The colonnade of the peristyle was sustained by eighteen fluted tufa
columns. In the centre of the peristyle is a rectangular garden with a
small pool near its southern end.
The rooms round the
are also in a very poor state of repair. Perhaps the room with
the most surviving detail is the small cubiculum
(g) off the north west
corner of the peristyle
. In the bed recess (pictured left) are remnants
of painted plaster with a yellow central zone above a lower dark red,
decorated frieze. The room has a coloured marble floor with a
centre-piece in opus sectile
(h) off the north east corner of the peristyle
also retains large
sections of plasterwork although they are too weathered to allow a
realistic description of the decoration. When first excavated it appears
that at least two of the walls had a mythological scene in their
central panels. These, according to W. Helbig (1868), were of Paris and Oenone
and a rather indistinct picture of two bearded men in conversation. The
room has a narrow doorway in its north west corner opening onto the
(h) is the triclinium
(i). The walls of the triclinium
some remnants of of plasterwork which give a few hints to the original
decoration, but too few to allow an overall description...
the east side of the peristyle
is a flight of stairs (j) to the upper
floor. Next to the stairs is a passageway which leads to door No.23 (k)
on the Via Stabiana
. The south side of the peristyle
overlooks the peristyle
of the adjoining property VIII.4.27 which lies
at a lower level.