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Urban Center – former abattoir



Address: Stradone Farnese, 126









In the former city slaughterhouse in Via Scalabrini, one of the most important examples of industrial archaeology in Piacenza, today there are the Faculty of Architecture from Milan Institute of Technology, the Register of architects, landscape architects, planners and restorers; the office of Urban Planning for Piacenza Municipality, the MNatural History Museum, InfoAmbiente, and the historical archive of the city. The complex now houses services for the city and the territory, and is known as “Urban Center”. The former abattoir is included in the area enclosed by Via Scalabrini, Cantone Moroni, Piazzale Libertà, Stradone Farnese, and Via Caccialupo. The main entrances are on Via Scalabrini, through an elegant portal, and on Stradone Farnese with a perforated metal structure. Inside, the building is enclosed by a tall brick wall towards East and South. The S. Anna slaughterhouse was built between May 1892 and August 1894. The new building was requested by the Municipality because the old slaughterhouse had to be substituted – the Carmine abattoir, which was built in 1805 and closed at the end of the 19th century because it could not satisfy the growing demand of meat by a population growing constantly. The S. Anna complex went through several changes in the organisation of spaces but also enlargements. It is worth mentioning the refrigerating rooms and refrigerating warehouses designed by the Municipal engineer Giovanni Perreau, built in 1910. The S. Anna slaughterhouse worked up to 1985. In 1989 it is bound to Soprintendenza per i Beni Ambientali e Architettonici of Emilia Romagna Region, since it represents a notable example of industrial archeology from the end of the 20th century.

Jul 22, 2017 - Dec 13, 2014