La casa-castello (The House-Castle)Franco Ferrari (1923 – 2009)

About the Artist/Site

In the late 1950s bricklayer and foreman Franco Ferrari dedicated himself to the construction of his own home. Over the period of almost a decade he created a three story building combining Gothic style with extravagant shapes: a tower adorned with pebbles, battlements and arches, decorated stairs, capitals, and more. The compound also included an aviary, an oven, children’s toys, and other interesting objects. He worked with cement and wood, using readily-available materials in a functional way. The high spire on the top of the tower was originally projected to hold a propeller that would generate electricity for his home, but he did not receive permission from the utility company or municipality to hook this up.

The house is well preserved and is inhabited by Ferrari’s heirs. It is easily viewable from Via Speri.

~Gabriele Mina

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Map & Site Information

17 Via Tito Speri, 25040 it
Latitude/Longitude: 45.6272629 / 10.0011039

Status

Extant

Address

17 Via Tito Speri , Colombaro, 25040, it

Built

Begun late 1950s

Visiting Information

The house is well preserved and is inhabited by Ferrari’s heirs. It is easily viewable from Via Speri.

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