Saturday, October 4, 2014

Palazzo Gragnani

Palazzo Rosso, piazza Cavour, Livorno
Palazzo Gragnani is often called Palazzo Rosso (Red Palace) for the brick-layered facade. It was built around 1840 in what is now Piazza Cavour by the architect Innocenzo Gragnani. The facade has a ground floor of rusticated stone, while the ornamental columns on the other floors, called pilasters, show the three distinct orders of Ancient Greek architecture: Doric capitals on the first floor, Ionic and Corinthian on the and second and third floors. On the back of the building, guarding a gate, there are the two Sphinxes of Livorno.

See also: Palazzo Rosso - Piazza Cavour - Capitals - The Sphinx of Livorno
External links: Pilaster (Wikipedia)

8 comments:

William Kendall said...

Quite an eclectic architectural style!

Revrunner said...

Kind of like a layer cake.

Randy said...

It is a beautiful building.

Birdman said...

Quite a stunning building here. It has it all, with classic lines.

Luis Gomez said...

What a beauty VP!

Karl Demetz said...

A beautiful Palazzo!

José Mendonça said...

Gorgeous!

Dina said...

Nice contrast of fancy facade and plain sides.