Historical-Critical Knowledge and Restoration Projects in Architecture: the Case of St John the Baptist in Castelvecchio Calvisio (L’Aquila, Italy)

  • Barbara Malandra ‘Sapienza’ University of Rome Department of History, Design and Restoration of Architecture Faculty of Architecture, Via Antonio Gramsci 53 00197 Rome, Italy University of L’Aquila Department of Civil Engineering, Building-Architectural Engineering, Environmental Engineering Via Giovanni Gronchi 18 67100 L’Aquila, Italy

Abstract

Every action carried out on a historical building should be based on appropriately informed assumptions, as much with respect to the specific architectural and construction features of the building as to its state of preservation. The case of the church of St John the Baptist illustrates how critical examination of the architecture can suggest (even in the absence of urgent problems) methods of intervention that promote the use of cultural heritage, and at the same time improve conditions for conservation of the building’s masonry and any artworks therein. Historical-critical study conducted on the basis of direct investigation of the church’s structures and its archives restores a historical image which, in many respects but not in all, is to be considered completed from a formal point of view. Having survived invasive (and destructive) interventions during the mid-twentieth century, and subsequent restoration in the late 1990s, the church has some unresolved formal, functional, and conservation issues, the reconciliation of which suggest a preliminary proposal to be drawn on the basis of targeted inspections.
Keywords: Castelvecchio Calvisio (L’Aquila, Italy), restoration, conservation, architectural project
Published online
2015-07-14
How to Cite
Malandra, B. (2015) “Historical-Critical Knowledge and Restoration Projects in Architecture: the Case of St John the Baptist in Castelvecchio Calvisio (L’Aquila, Italy)”, Periodica Polytechnica Architecture, 46(1), pp. 46-56. https://doi.org/10.3311/PPar.8292.
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