Piazza della Borsa, lies one of the most beautiful examples of Art
Nouveau protorazionale of the entire city: Casa Bartoli (1905-1906),
the fruit of the imagination of Max Fabiani. If the definition of
Liberty protorazionale may seem obscure, almost contradictory in
itself, it is possible, however,
Understand its full meaning observing carefully building: here, in
fact, the modernity is not so much represented by floral decoration
on the facade - which, however, in the original project was to prove
more simple and almost abstract; it is much more,Fabiani finds the
solution for the new demands for multi-functional building.
From the beginning, part of the structure of Casa Bartoli,was
reserved for the economic activity, with the presence of shops and
basement, which were used as warehouses and commercial shops, have
large windows; the veranda, characterized by elegant cast iron
elements, it also served as winter garden of a kosher restaurant,
which allowed the orthodox Jews to remain in the commercial area
even during the lunch hour,
while the passage between the "public" and private houses is marked
by long, elegant balcony placed just above the porch.
He thinks to move the entrance from the main facade, facing the
piazza, to a small recess on the left side and, also,he uses in the
construction stage the reinforced concrete, at the time reserved
only to port facilities.