There was a church here, now demolished, and the palace of Bajamonte Tiepolo, who in 1310 had plotted against the Republic of Venice. When the plotters were discovered the house was destroyed and it was decided to hold a feast at which the Doge (the leader of Venice) would be present, along with the representatived of the governament and the Scuole Grandi. To make the arrival of the court from the Grand canal more digbified, several houses were pulled down and the campo was extended.
My free walk in Venice tours:
Free Walk in Venice tours - Cannaregio and the Jewish Ghetto tour
Free Walk in Venice tours - The heart and soul of Venice: Carampane and Rialto tour
Free Walk in Venice tours - the hidden secrets of Venice and Dorsoduro: Venice off the beaten tracks