Scuola Riva Di Villasanta


Style: Revivalism

Designers: Ingg. Dino De Gioannis – Bartolomeo Ravenna – Lorenzo Leone

The school was built in two stages, in 1912 – 15 and in 1930. It shows a C plan with an inner courtyard and classrooms arranged on the brighter side of the building. Like the Satta (1899-1904) and Santa Caterina (1904) schools, it develops on three floors and is connected to Piazza Garibaldi thanks to an embankment and a double flight of stairs. It draws inspiration from Florentine palaces of the XV and XVI century, with double and triple lancet windows surmounted by limestone frames and faces with exposed burnt bricks, with the exception of the bodies, where the main entrance, covered with Serrenti stone, is located. The school is dedicated to Alberto Riva Villasanta, an eighteen-year-old boy who was the last fallen of World War I. Because of the 1943 bombings, the building suffered serious damages especially in its central part, which was restored in the post-war period.

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