Sunday, March 26, 2017

Palazzo Birago di Borgaro

Palazzo Birago di Borgaro is a stately residence in Turin, located in Via Carlo Alberto 16, at Piazza Carlo Alberto, in the historic center of the city.Today it houses the Chamber of Commerce of Turin.

The building follows the fortunes of the rich and noble lineage of Birago Borgaro, and is built at the behest of its most important representative, Count Renato Augusto Birago Borgaro. After distinguishing himself in military career, winning the title of Generalissimo of the Kingdom under Vittorio Amedeo II of Savoy, June 13, 1716 these did lay the foundation stone of his palace in what is now Via Carlo Alberto, and at the time, was the Contrada of the Angels: the wealth accumulated over the years allowed Renato Augusto to commission the work to Filippo Juvarra, who was then already an famous architect , in Piedmont, and this choice made his palace one of the greatest examples of Turin.Renato Augusto made this Juvarrian residence one of the best salons in the city, given the importance that he was acquiring at court: after becoming a knight of honor of queens Anne Marie d'Orléans and Polyxena Christina of Hesse-Rotenburg, he obtained the title of educator of the heirs to the throne.When the palace was transferred to the house of the Della Valle, in 1858, it still held for years its role as an important noble house: the new owners furnished its interiors with neo-Rococo style, with a touch of nineteenth-century eclecticism. What remained unchanged was the Juvarrian facility.

1 comment:

William Kendall said...

What magnificent architecture!