Galleria Immagini

Restoration of the fašades

Restoration of the fašades of the Palazzo involved more than 10,000 square metres of plasterwork and 6,000 square metres of stone surfaces. The work was preceded by in-depth diagnostic research to identify areas with old plasterwork and their original colours.
In general, the work was divided into:

  • Restoring plastered surfaces
    Cement plaster in an advanced state of deterioration and obvious crumbling, dangerous as well as unsightly, was removed once the original parts had been identified and consolidated. After the support walls had been thoroughly washed, reconstruction was done with three layers of traditional plaster. The last layer has the same features as the original both in terms of composition and degree of granularity. The work was completed with a surface dressing pre-coloured with natural pigments selected on the basis of the original shades identified by taking appropriate samples. This means that the whole surface of the fašade is uniform. Notes on methods Notes on methods
  • Restoring stone elements
    Verrucano stone: removal of old inappropriate stucco; treatment of ironwork; cleaning to remove chalky crust, carried out with pads of cellulose soaked in a suitable solution of ammonium carbonate, the pads being later removed; fixing and hinging of decorative elements; static consolidation and plastering of damage with air-setting lime mortar and fluorinated elastomer, stone dust and colour. Notes on methods
    Sandstone: consolidation of the stone where there was flaking, surface pulverisation and crumbling; cleaning, plastering, fixing and hinging as described above and a final treatment with ethyl silicate and water-repellent protective. Notes on methods Notes on methods
    Marble: cleaning with pads of sodium carbonate and cellulose pulp, removal of pads, sponging with demineralised water and final protection with water-repellent products. Notes on methods Notes on methods
  • Renewing window and shutter frames
    Stripping paint, replacing damaged parts with new pieces of chestnut wood of the same size, puttying, checking metalwork and replacing or inserting as required, and finishing with three coats of oil paint.
  • Restoring outer doors and inset doors
    Cleaning, replacing missing or damaged parts with wood of the same type, consolidating the support structure, anti-parasite and protective treatment, restoring iron elements and final treatment with protective varnish.