Villa I Tatti - The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies

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Ziger|Snead & Charles Brickbauer

Ziger|Snead and Charles Brickbauer have completed the I Tatti master plan which includes the design of an entrance and garden court. A new building will contain a reception area, lecture rooms, and 15 studios for the I Tatti Fellows. Expansion of the library and photographic collection spaces, as well as renovation of contiguous farm structures on grounds, are included in the restoration and adaptive re-use.

Bernard Berenson made his home at the Villa I Tatti near Florence, Italy in 1900. In the following years, working with architects Geoffrey Scott and Cecil Pinsent, he supervised the rebuilding of the villa and the creation of its elegant gardens. At I Tatti, Berenson assembled a choice collection of Renaissance art and formed a prodigious art historical research library and photograph collection. Upon his death in 1959, he bequeathed the house and its contents to Harvard University as The Center for Italian Renaissance Studies.


Design Architect: Charles Brickbauer

Owner: Harvard University

Location: Florence, Italy

Construction Cost: $3,000,000

Area: 6,500 sm

Completion: Anticipated Spring 2011

Program: reception area, lecture rooms, studios, library