200. Francesco Paolo Palazzotto (1849-1915)

Architect born in Palermo, exponent of the “eclecticism” and neo-gothic, Francesco Paolo extended the season of “neostili” until the beginning of World War I, by revising and expanding the already rich vocabulary of medieval vocabulary, neo-Renaissance and even pre-secessionist stiles. An example of his interest in neo-medieval style is represented by the restructuring of Villa Alliata di Pietratagliata in Palermo (1885). The palace, dating back to the end of the seventeenth century, was transformed in a fairytale castle rich of damasks, decorated walls, stylish furniture and English gardens.

Villa Alliata di Pietratagliata
Villa Alliata di Pietratagliata

together with his brother, Giovanni Battista, he was the architect of many buildings built on Viale della Liberta’ in Palermo (Ranieri, Salandra, Scandurra (1893), Di Chiara and Genuardi (1886 ): mostly demolished in the 50s and 60s. In addition to residential projects, Palazzotto was also active in the realization of religious, healthcare, commercial, and industrial buildings. He succeeded his father and brother as architect for the Cathedral of Palermo, the Trust fund of the Catholic Church and the Catholic hospitals.

Palazzotto was also the author of the Psychiatric Hospital of Palermo and the first and only engineer for the Banco di Sicilia – for which he realized the branch of Trapani, and designed the Palermo branch (1913-1915), not performed due to WW1 and his sudden death..

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1. Wikipedia, https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francesco_Paolo_Palazzotto

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