The nameless house

 

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One of the first palazzi I noticed in Livorno’s Venezia was this one. Yes, the abandoned and shabby white building, squeezed in between its colourful neighbours.

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It was something with its proportions and lack of symmetry that appealed to me.

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Apart from the obvious neglect, which is something that always attracts my eye and stings my heart.

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Since my first encounter with this building I have wondered what is to become of it. Why was it abandoned? Why doesn’t anyone do something? Doesn’t someone own it? Is it just going to fall down?

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All I managed to find out is that it has no name, like the noble palazzi all around Venezia. It’s just a house that nobody seems to care about. How sad.

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But, lo and behold, a few weeks ago, scaffolding was being put up and suddenly the place was vibrating with activity!

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To me this was just as unexpected as pleasing.
And, I must admit, a bit worrying too. What will they do to the place?
A sign says the work will be finished in 15 months, so it will be interesting to follow the development.

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It takes a lot of people to take care of a house like this. Not least the supporting and cheering spectators. Whatever the time of the day, always a bunch of men watching and commenting🙂

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Finally two older images I got from a friend. First a photo taken around 1900, our house is half visible in the background. Also notice that the little tower is missing.

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Here we are in the 1930’s, the electric tower has now been built (in the style of old fortfications towers to blend into the historic setting).

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And almost the same view today. The bridge is called Ponte di Marmo (The marble bridge) and has an interesting story, read about its 300-year-old graffiti here.

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2 comments on “The nameless house

  1. husglad jag med says:

    Trodde först det var det rosa lilla tornet som var i fokus – ocksĂ„ finfint.

    Övergivna hus Ă€r verkligen en sorglig syn, de sĂ€ckar liksom ihop utan invĂ„nare och omsorg.
    Hoppas det renoveras pietetsfullt.

    • CL says:

      Ja, jag gillar tornet ocksÄ, det ger Ànnu mer karaktÀr Ät hörnet dÀr tvÄ kanaler möts.
      Ska bli spÀnnande att se vad de hittar pÄ med huset.

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