The transformations of the 19th century @ Il primo Ampliamento barocco

Of Andrea Gatti from ASCT Archivio Storico Comune di Torino

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The transformations of the 19th century

With the demolition of the walls commissioned by Napoleon at the beginning of the 19th century, the Porta Nuova was also destroyed. In its place will be built a large square with trees and, in the middle of the century, will rise the train station of Porta Nuova. Two new blocks will also be added at the head of the road, in front of the gardens and the station. Apart from these modifications, the Via Nuova maintains its character: the buildings, thanks to a provision of Charles Emmanuel II of 1672 that prohibited the elevations of the district beyond the cornice, will maintain their seventeenth-century character until the great projects of the 1930s that will give the new face to Via Roma, the current one. The road has maintained its initial, seventeenth-century commercial vocation.

In the Gatti's map of 1823, the city opens to the outside, after the demolition of the walls. You notice the very dense and dense fabric of the blocks, especially in the oldest part, the square city.

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