Amongst the many buildings which enrich Noto's historical center town, regarded as the "stone garden" of the Sicilian South-East coast, is the Collegio of Gesuiti, with its adjoining church of San Carlo Borromeo al Corso. The building of the church, attributed to the architect Rosario Gagliardi, took place from 1748 to 1756 following precise late-baroque standards. Here, the sage fusion of artifice and nature has generated a singular production: limestone (nature) was first modeled by the project conceiver (artifice) into smooth forms and volumes, and then brought to reality by the able local carvers. The building appears in good state of conservation, except from the main facade, heavily affected by alveolitasion,· erosion, bio-deterioration agents, and black entrustments. Preliminary explorations have been planned in view of a project of restoration (anamnestic phase). Diachronic analysis of main building events; spatial-geometrical investigations; knowledge of both basic materials and of building techniques constituting the corpus, i.e. technical-constructive apparatus of the manufacture; and survey of the main deterioration present on both the inner and outer prospects. Successively, a number of diagnostic investigations have been planned in order to fully understand the type of degradation, together with its triggering and diffusion mechanisms over the main facade (etiological phase). The study here proposed has highlighted the presence of pathologies due to humidity, through an investigation path, which has also benefited from different diagnostic methodologies. Indeed, tbe high historical value of the manufacture has imposed the choice for rigorously ND (non destructive) investigations. The contribution of such investigations was added to the information acquired during the anamnestic phase, thus providing an exhaustive picture of the damaged components. The gathering and successive comparison of all these information constitutes the methodological premise necessary to both a correct diagnostic formulation, and also to project choices on the ongoing restoration.

A Note Regarding the Safeguard of the Baroque Architecture of Noto (Siracuse, Italy): the Restoration of the Facade of San Carlo Borromeo Church

LO FARO A;MOSCHELLA, Angela;SANFILIPPO, GIULIA FILOMENA;
2002

Abstract

Amongst the many buildings which enrich Noto's historical center town, regarded as the "stone garden" of the Sicilian South-East coast, is the Collegio of Gesuiti, with its adjoining church of San Carlo Borromeo al Corso. The building of the church, attributed to the architect Rosario Gagliardi, took place from 1748 to 1756 following precise late-baroque standards. Here, the sage fusion of artifice and nature has generated a singular production: limestone (nature) was first modeled by the project conceiver (artifice) into smooth forms and volumes, and then brought to reality by the able local carvers. The building appears in good state of conservation, except from the main facade, heavily affected by alveolitasion,· erosion, bio-deterioration agents, and black entrustments. Preliminary explorations have been planned in view of a project of restoration (anamnestic phase). Diachronic analysis of main building events; spatial-geometrical investigations; knowledge of both basic materials and of building techniques constituting the corpus, i.e. technical-constructive apparatus of the manufacture; and survey of the main deterioration present on both the inner and outer prospects. Successively, a number of diagnostic investigations have been planned in order to fully understand the type of degradation, together with its triggering and diffusion mechanisms over the main facade (etiological phase). The study here proposed has highlighted the presence of pathologies due to humidity, through an investigation path, which has also benefited from different diagnostic methodologies. Indeed, tbe high historical value of the manufacture has imposed the choice for rigorously ND (non destructive) investigations. The contribution of such investigations was added to the information acquired during the anamnestic phase, thus providing an exhaustive picture of the damaged components. The gathering and successive comparison of all these information constitutes the methodological premise necessary to both a correct diagnostic formulation, and also to project choices on the ongoing restoration.
972-9027-31-5
ND investigation; restoration design; cultural heritage; rising damp
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