-TWO FANCIFUL PROJECTS OF THE LATE 19TH CENTURY
Enthusiasm for the city’s industrial development and the increasing focus on its role as a tourist destination actually resulted in plans for trains to arrive directly at St. Mark’s square. This very odd idea involved the creation of a railway station on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, which thus would have facilitated the flow of tourists into the very heart of Venice. In 1852, the entrepreneur Busetto, nicknamed Fisola, also defended the project of the architect Cadorin for a magnificent GRAN HOTEL THERMAL on Riva degli Schiavoni, very close to the Doge’s Palace. However, the project never got beyond the drawing-board stage.
-THE FIRST PROJECT FOR AN ACCADEMIA BRIDGE, REJECTED IN THE 19TH CENTURY
Ever since the 16th century, there had been talk of the need to build another bridge over the Gran Canal. By itself, the Rialto Bridge did not make it easy to pass from one side of the waterway to the other. The first project was, however, only presented in 1838, by the engineer Giuseppe Salvadori, head of the Pubblic Works office in Venice. This structure would have linked Santa Maria del Giglio (in the sestiere of San Marco) to the sestiere of Dorsoduro, where the Zattere was becoming one of the hubs of commercial activity within the city. However, it was ultimately the English engineer Neville, owner of the iron foundry at San Rocco and specialist in the building of steel structures, who designed the first bridge, built in 1853. This bridge remained in use until 1933, when it was replaced by the wooden structure that was subsequently replaced by the bridge that exists today.
-LE CORBUSIER’S NEW HOSPITAL: STARTED BUT NEVER COMPLETED
Le Corbuiser’s new hospital was to stand in the area of the new city abattoir of San Giobbe, yet the plan was never put into effect. In 1965, the famous Swiss architect signed the contract defining the specifications and the actual timetable of the work, but he died a few months later. The buildings were left as they stood, empty, and have only recently been refurbished to house the Economics Faculty of Ca’ Foscari University. The project plans can been seen in the library of the Scuola Grande di San Marco.