Palazzo Rezzara or the house of the people

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This particular and majestic palace was designed bu Virginio Muzio and Ernesto Pirovano, two of the most active architects of that time in Bergamo. The Union of the Social Catholic Institutions from Bergamo commissioned the two architects, asking them to build a new headquarter for the different association and also funding the palace also by means of a public subscription. The entire architectural complex was named after the president in charge during those years, Niccolò Rezzara.

Many innovative characteristics featured this place: in fact, it used to host a hotel, a restaurant, private houses and shops, a bank, the editorial office and the typography of a the local newspaper, L'Eco di Bergamo. Moreover, there was also the main hall of the Rubini theatre, which was later transformed into the congress centre Papa Giovanni XXIII.


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The original design by Virginio Muzio was completed after he died by Ernesto Pirovano, who decided to changed the facades. Both the architects were vary famous during those years and had designed many other buildings in Bergamo. For instance, Muzio created the fence closing the Colleoni Chapel in the Upper Town, and carried out the restoration of the Baptistery in Piazza Duomo. On the other hand, Ernesto Pirovano was in charge of the making of Palazzo Nuovo's facade, designed by Scamozzi: its beautiful white marbles are some of the most peculiar traits of Piazza Vecchia. Furthermore, Pirovano also designed the company town of Crespi d'Adda, a UNESCO world heritage site.

The taste for composition, defined “eclectic”, blends classic art elements with modern ones: it was often used in the making of new institutional buildings. Upstairs, however, there are also some beautiful floral patterns – closer to Liberty-stye – very different from the monumental appearance of the ground floor and the first floor, featuring stone claddings, stone busts and three imposing entry portals.

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This particular and majestic palace was designed bu Virginio Muzio and Ernesto Pirovano, two of the most active architects of that time in Bergamo. The Union of the Social Catholic Institutions from Bergamo commissioned the two architects, asking them to build a new headquarter for the different association and also funding the palace also by means of a public subscription. The entire architectural complex was named after the president in charge during those years, Niccolò Rezzara.

Many innovative characteristics featured this place: in fact, it used to host a hotel, a restaurant, private houses and shops, a bank, the editorial office and the typography of a the local newspaper, L'Eco di Bergamo. Moreover, there was also the main hall of the Rubini theatre, which was later transformed into the congress centre Papa Giovanni XXIII.


Something more

The original design by Virginio Muzio was completed after he died by Ernesto Pirovano, who decided to changed the facades. Both the architects were vary famous during those years and had designed many other buildings in Bergamo. For instance, Muzio created the fence closing the Colleoni Chapel in the Upper Town, and carried out the restoration of the Baptistery in Piazza Duomo. On the other hand, Ernesto Pirovano was in charge of the making of Palazzo Nuovo's facade, designed by Scamozzi: its beautiful white marbles are some of the most peculiar traits of Piazza Vecchia. Furthermore, Pirovano also designed the company town of Crespi d'Adda, a UNESCO world heritage site.

The taste for composition, defined “eclectic”, blends classic art elements with modern ones: it was often used in the making of new institutional buildings. Upstairs, however, there are also some beautiful floral patterns – closer to Liberty-stye – very different from the monumental appearance of the ground floor and the first floor, featuring stone claddings, stone busts and three imposing entry portals.