Casa del Fascio (Como)

The former Casa del Fascio of Como (Italian pronunciation: [ˈkaːza del ˈfaʃʃo]), also called the Palazzo Terragni, is a building located in Como, northern Italy. It has been designed by the Italian rationalist architect Giuseppe Terragni.[1]

Palazzo Terragni
Casa del Fascio dal 2017.jpg
Main façade overlooking Piazza del Popolo (south-west)
Como is located in Lombardy
Como
Como
Location in Lombardy
Former namesCasa del Fascio
General information
Architectural styleRationalist
AddressPiazza del Popolo, 4
Town or cityComo
CountryItaly
Coordinates45°48′45″N 9°05′10″E / 45.812363°N 9.086022°E / 45.812363; 9.086022Coordinates: 45°48′45″N 9°05′10″E / 45.812363°N 9.086022°E / 45.812363; 9.086022
Construction started1932
Completed1936
Technical details
Size1,101 square metres (11,850 sq ft) floor area
Design and construction
ArchitectGiuseppe Terragni
DesignationsHead office of the provincial command of Guardia di Finanza

Started in 1932 and completed in 1936 under the regime of Benito Mussolini as the seat of the local branch of the National Fascist Party, a Casa del Fascio, this municipal administration building was originally constructed with a primary view of functioning as an elegant "set piece" for mass Fascist rallies. Conceptualized as a classical palazzo centered on a glass atrium, it was frescoed with abstract paintings (since destroyed) by the artist Mario Radice and the original project boasted an innovative changing facade illumination. It is cited as an exemplary manifestation of the International style of architecture.[2]

Since 1957, the building has housed the provincial headquarters of the Guardia di Finanza police force.[3] In addition, it accommodates the small historical museum of the Guardia di Finanza 6th legion.

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NotesEdit

  1. ^ Thake, Conrad (2011). "A Project for a 'Centro d'Italianità' in Malta". Malta Historical Society. Melita Historica. XV (4): 436–437. ISSN 1021-6952. OCLC 472457132. Archived from the original on 17 December 2016.
  2. ^ Zevi 1980, p. 70.
  3. ^ "Comando Provinciale Como", Guardia di Finanza, archived from the original on 2015-02-12.

SourcesEdit

  • Zevi, Bruno (1980). Giuseppe Terragni. Bologna.