Palazzo Thiene Bonin Longare

After the publication of his Four Books on Architecture in 1570, Andrea Palladio kept on designing until his death in 1580.  His unfinished projects were inherited by Vicentine architect Vincenzo Scammozi, who sometimes made revisions to these works-in-progress and oversaw their construction.  When Scamozzi died in 1616, he provided in his will a scholarship for a deserving local architecture student.  Over a century later, Ottavio Bertotti became the recipient of that scholarship, adding “Scammozi” to his family name as a gesture of gratitude for Vincenzo’s gift.  Bertotti Scammozi, in turn, compiled an exhaustive collection of Palladio’s works, leaving a legacy of his own:

Of all of the books relating to Palladio, [Bertotti] Scamozzi’s “The Buildings and Designs of Andrea Palladio” is not only the largest, but it contains the most dramatic and attractive, not to say most accurate, redrawn illustrations of Palladio’s buildings.

Whereas some of these works were still incomplete when Palladio published his “Four Books,” [Bertotti] Scammozi completed them in his drawings.  It is a record of Palladio’s buildings as they are in reality, not on paper.  As such, it can be considered the most definitive work on the buildings of Andrea Palladio.

~ Foreword to “The Buildings and Designs of Andrea Palladio,” Warren J. Cox

Palazzo Thiene Bonin Longare is a direct reflection of the connection between these three architects: it was designed by Palladio in 1572, revised and executed by Scammozi over (approximately) the years 1580-1610, with the as-built drawings published by Bertotti Scammozi in 1776.

Bertotti Scammozi’s Palazzo Thiene Bonin Longare – plan.
Bertotti Scammozi’s Palazzo Thiene Bonin Longare – front elevation
Palazzo Thiene Bonin Longare, front façade – Vicenza, Italy (c. 1610)
Bertotti Scamozzi’s Palazzo Thiene Bonin Longare – rear elevation
Palazzo Thiene Bonin Longare, rear façade – Vicenza, Italy (c. 1610)

Vincenzo Scammozi is believed to have revised the left façade, adjacent to Piazza Castello, from Palladio’s original design.  (The placement of the rear façade’s windows is also suspiciously un-Palladio).

Palazzo Thiene Bonin Longare – left façade along Piazza Castello

(I have since learned that Scamozzi was also involved in the construction of Palazzo Porto Breganze, which happens to be at the opposite end of Piazza Castello).

View from Palazzo Thiene Bonin Longare of Palazzo Porto Breganze across Piazza Castello

The lower story of the building is graced with Corinthian half-columns.

Palazzo Thiene Bonin Longare – front façade, lower story

Composite half-columns are placed at the second story.

Palazzo Thiene Bonin Longare – front façade

My favorite part – the long, central corridor:

Palazzo Thiene Bonin Longare – central corridor

Not only was Palladio not around to see the completion of this palazzo, neither was his patron, Francesco Thiene, who died in 1593 when the palazzo was only partially finished.  It was then passed on to Francesco’s nephew, Enea.  By 1835, the palazzo became the residence of Count Lelio Bonin Longare.  Today, 13 Corso Andrea Palladio is the home of a financial advisement firm.

Palladio clearly left his legacy in good hands.