Alfieri's project @ Palazzo di Città

Of Giovanni battista Borra from Ada Peyrot, Vittorio Viale, Immagini di Torino nei secoli, Torino 1973

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Alfieri's project

The intervention of the architect Benedetto Alfieri erases the individuality of the Civic Palace defined by Lanfranchi's design. We go from 18th century architecture with seven windows per floor to thirteen windows. The expansion begins with the completion of the two parallels on Via Dora Grossa and Via Corto d'Appello which determines a wider front on the square and the porch of the ground floor that continues on the sides; the arches and ledges of the palaces of the perimeter continue at the same height and thus cancel out the last traces of the center of the medieval city. The perfect design by Alfieri also brings back in this part of the city a uniform courtyard recognizable from Savoyard's architecture.

In the view of the Borra of 1749, we see the first Alferian interventions on the palace, not yet completed. In a few years, the project that integrates the building in the development of the Piazza delle Erbe will be done.

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