A modern architecture tour in Palermo

An article published on Domus 388, January 1962, shows some recently completed projects in the Sicilian capital, including masterpieces by Ernesto Basile.

Domus 388, gennaio 1962

The interest in some new architectural works, and for the movement of new urban initiatives that is currently developing in Sicily, has suggested – and allowed – our first short itinerary of modern architecture in Palermo. This is not a picture of the city’s atmosphere – which in its rich and complex nature is animated by violent contrasts between ancient splendor and many unsolved modern problems – and it is not even a critical examination of the new architecture. But it is the indication of these new Italian facts, as well as of architecture: the “southern aspect” of the great Italian recovery. [...]

Selected projects:
1. Palazzo Abatellis, 1495-1954
2. Dara House, 1960, via Principe Belmonte
3. Randazzo Shop, 1960, via Ruggero Settimo
4. Fecarotta jewelry, 1961, via Ruggero Settimo
5. Basile’s Kiosk, 1916, piazza Castelnuovo
6. Villa Basile, 1904, via Siracusa
7. Palazzo Miraglia and Archimede, 1961 via Libertà
8. Residential complex, 1961-63 via Marchese di Villabianca
9. house in Villa Sperlinga, 1960, via Principe di Paternò
10. Borgo Nuovo, 1957-62, Passo di Rigano
11. Bridge on the Oreto river, 1961, Circonvallazione esterna
12. Sant’Orestano School, 1952, Borgata Brancaccio
13. Borgo Ulivia, 1960, Chiavelli
14. Villa Scimemi, 1954, Mondello

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