The buildings in Terni designed by architect Cesare Bazzani
Neoclassical buildings in Terni? Yes and in considerable numbers. Andthey also contributed to the redefinition of the urban layout of Terni in the early decades of the twentieth century. The author is the architect CESARE BAZZANI (1873-1939), who left an architectural heritage in this city inspired by the revival of classicism in vogue in the period in which he worked, adding in some cases elements that express new artistic trends. To discover the works designed by Bazzani, you can follow an itinerary that includes several stops in the city center, it also continues outside of this, ending near the Marmore Waterfall, where the Galleto Hydroelectric Plant is located, designed by the architect at the end from the 1920s and still in operation. The starting point is the former Palazzo delle Poste in Piazza San Giovanni Decollato. Completely renovated, it has been transformed into an event venue. One of Bazzani's most interesting and original buildings is located in Corso Tacito and is the elegant Palazzina Alterocca, which combines classical elements with other liberty-style elements - the stained glass windows, the decorations with floral motifs. The building (1901), built on what was the new main road axis of the city, was the seat of some activities of the entrepreneur Virgilio Alterocca, one of the first in Italy to produce illustrated postcards. It also housed the systems of the first city telephone network and for this the turret above the building was built. Part of the residence was also the residence of the Alterocca family. Further on, still in Corso Tacito, you will find the Social Security Building. The most imposing building in Terni di Bazzani, whose proportions corresponded to the function of the institutional seat for which it was intended, is Palazzo della Provincia in Piazza Tacito. From the neoclassical forms, with pilasters topped by capitals and the facade that overlooks Viale della Stazione. To underline the solemnity of the construction and therefore the importance of the new institution, the Province of Terni, of which it was a symbol,is also the raised structure, almost a tower, built on the corner of the building and characterized by large arches. Not far away, in Largo Don Minzoni,is Villa Bazzani, which was the home of the architect and which he designed himself. While taking up the prevailing style of the other buildings, there are various liberty decorations. Leaving the center, in the direction of Viale Benedetto Brin, there is another work by the famous architect and it is the Professional Institute for Industry and Crafts. Built at the beginning of the twentieth century, the institute in the intentions of its founders was to provide technical training for the needs of the industries of Terni at the time in full development, so much so that this school was also established with the contribution of important city entrepreneurs.
The church of Sant’Antonio was also planned by Bazzani,just as the project for the restoration of the church of San Lorenzo was entrusted to the same author.
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