Palazzo dello Strozzino

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Palazzo dello Strozzino
The interior of Cinema Odeon.

Palazzo dello Strozzino is a Renaissance palace in Florence, region of Tuscany, Italy. The stone Renaissance facade is located on Piazza degli Strozzi, diagonal to the Southeast corner of the imposing Palazzo Strozzi. The Northern façade on Via dei Anselmi houses the entrance to the Cinema Odeon.

History[edit]

The palace, once known as the Palazzo delle Tre Porte for its three ground doorways was a residence of the Strozzi family; it was older and smaller than the grandiose Palazzo Strozzi. The Cinema Odeon, designed (1920) by Marcello Piacentini, and the palace also houses the language school of the British Institute of Florence.

Built on land owned by Palla Strozzi, it passed to his cousins Agnolo and Palla di Novello after his exile in 1434. They ordered a renovation around 1457, with the design attributed to Filippo Brunelleschi, although other architects participated in the construction, including Michelozzo, to whom the lower façade, featuring an irregular rustication, is attributed. The first floor, with has double mullioned windows and a gentler rustication, is attributed to Giuliano da Maiano (c. 1456). The third floor, with more polished stone, was not added until the 19th-century, in a style paralleling similar Renaissance palaces.[1] Michelozzo also designed the internal courtyard (c. 1460), which had a portico with columns. The courtyard destroyed to accommodate the cinema.

The palazzo was partially demolished in the period when Florence was capital of Italy (1865). Earlier in the 19th-century, as part of the Risanamiento the whole neighborhood had been altered. The land in front of the Palazzo Strozzi that now holds the Palazzo Mattei, once was the site of the Piazza delle Cipolle and the church of Santa Maria degli Ughi.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ I palazzo; Arte e Storia degli edifici Civile di Firenze Volume 2, by Sandra Carlini, Lara Mercanti, Giovanni Straffi, (2004), Florence, page 107.
  2. ^ I Palazzi, page 107.

Sources[edit]

  • Vannucci, Marcello (1995). Splendidi palazzi di Firenze. Florence: Le Lettere. ISBN 88-7166-230-X. 

Coordinates: 43°46′15.01″N 11°15′9.25″E / 43.7708361°N 11.2525694°E / 43.7708361; 11.2525694