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Palladio Day Proclaimed by D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty
500th Anniversary of birth of Italian architect commemorated

The birth of Italian architect Andrea Palladio, 500 years ago on November 30, 1508, was commemorated in the Nation's Capital at a ceremony held at the Casa Italiana Cultural Center on November 30, 2008. JanJan Fenty, Fr. Lydio Tomasi Fenty, who represented Washington D.C. Mayor, Adrian Fenty, presented to the Italian American community an official proclamation from theMayor declaring November 30, 2008, Palladio Day. In the Proclamation, theMayor noted in particular that the John A. Wilson Building, the seat of the Government of the District of Columbia was directly inspired by Palladio's Palazzo Iseppo Porto in Vincenza, Italy.

Jan Fenty, an Italian American, who is also the Mayor's mother, proudly spoke about her Italian roots and the contributions that Italian Americans have made to America.

John A. Wilson Bldg in WAshington, DC

Following is the text of the proclamation declaring November 30 as “Palladio Day” in honor of Andrea Palladio, the influential Italian architect.


WHEREAS, today marks the 500th Anniversary of the birth of the Italian architect Andrea Palladio who is regarded as one of the most important architects in history; and

WHEREAS, Palladio’s treatise, The Four Books of Architecture, has shaped much of the architecture of Europe and the Americas; and

WHEREAS, Palladio’s pioneering reconstruction and restoration drawings of ancient Roman temples in The Four Books provided inspiration for many of the great American classical edifices of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; and

WHEREAS, the United States Capitol Building and the White House reflect the influence of Palladio’s architecture, as do the West Building of the National Gallery of Art and the John A. Wilson Building; and

WHEREAS, the John A. Wilson Building, the seat of Government of the District of Columbia, which is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its dedication, was directly inspired by Palladio’s Palazzo Iseppo Porto in Vicenza, Italy:

The Jefferson Monument

NOW, THEREFORE, I, THE MAYOR OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, do hereby proclaim November 30, 2008, as “ANDREA PALLADIO DAY” in Washington, D.C., and call upon all the residents of this great city to join me in celebrating the sesquicentennial of Andrea Palladio.

Adrian M. Fenty
Mayor, District of Columbia



Photos by Francesco Isgro

November 30, 2008 |CiaoAmerica.net|

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