Palazzo della Provincia (Bazzani)

The design for the Palazzo del Governo building (1930) which looks onto viale della Stazione was drafted by Cesare Bazzani. Bazzani, a lover of classical forms, is one of the great architects who shaped the modern look of Terni. It was he who received the assignment to intervene in the points of excellence of the city, before a national competition was proclaimed to prepare an urban project for a Terni, which seemed destined towards a tumultuous expansion. The competition was won by the Lattes-Staderini office and, after fascism and the war, the task fell to Mario Ridolfi.

Author of numerous and various "important" works, Bazzani realised the most imposing of his Terni works precisely in Piazza Tacito, the directional heart of the city, on the site destined to hold Provincia and Prefettura offices. The decision to direct the building onto the street that leads to the station, rather than onto the square, redimensions the monumentality of Piazza Tacito, even though there is a composition, constituted by the majestic altana, realised on the corner of the building.

Overall, palazzo del Governo reflects all the characteristics of classical architecture, starting from gigantism of its entrances, the staircases (interior and exterior) the order of the floors, with a widespread use of arches. The facade, with ample use of marble, was destined to receive the symbols of the fascist regime, most of which were removed in the middle of the 1940s. They were included in a large parapet conceived as building decoration, which, in the spirit of the designer and the sponsors, with its "monumentality", was supposed to celebrate the recognition of Terni as provincial capital and therefore, at the same time, of its dynamicity as well as its typecasting as the city of steel and energy. A typecasting which would then be completed just a short time later, with the restructuring of piazza Tacito and the Ridolfi and Fagiolo fountain.

On piazza Tacito, on the other hand, Cesare Bazzani had already intervened, in order to make it visibly the piazza symbol of the new Terni- with the Manni building, another of the many buildings which have given significance to the relationship between the architect and the city. A city that he has marked with interventions that range from the industrial school in viale Brin, to the Inps building in corso Tacito, to the station forecourt, to the post office building in piazza della Repubblica. Adding to all this, interventions for funeral monuments and private houses among which the Alterocca building in corso Tacito stands out for its singularity.

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