The Houses of the Salt Workers in Cervia


The "houses of the salt workers" in Cervia, Italy, are an 18th-century town planning marvel commissioned by the Apostolic Chamber. These buildings, shaped like a bastioned quadrilateral, house salt workers and their families. Despite some deterioration, they maintain their unique charm. They consist of a basement, two above-ground floors, and a spacious attic, with and without courtyards The conservation project, based on drawings produced following a photogrammetric survey, focuses on preserving the original typology, structure, and materials. This includes reconstructing load-bearing walls, reorganizing façade openings, restoring old brick skirting, and enhancing characteristic arches. This complex holds significant architectural and urbanistic importance as one of Italy's few foundation city examples.


Houses of the salt workers; Foundation City; Structure-from-Motion; Restoration; Cervia

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