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The Seat


Palazzo OttelioThe first news and reports about the building that is the home of Conservatory of Music "Jacopo Tomadini" date back to the mid-sixteenth century, precisely to the year 1555, when the noble Andrea Dolfin Banco, a Venetian patrician, built a stone bridge that crossed the canal near his house, giving the area an almost Venetian look. The building was therefore already existing, and indeed it can be assumed that it was just built around the year 1550, even because important decorative and remodeling works date back to a few years later. There is no other news until 1616, when the building was inhabited by a certain Gio. Martino Bonecco, belonging to a family who had a draper's shop in the prestigious Mercatovecchio street. In 1656, however, his nephew Alvise Bonecco sold the building to the noble Ottelio, who already owned lands that were used for vegetable gardens bordering the properties of the Seminary (to be honest, there is some confusion in the documents, and it seems that the Ottelio family lived here in 1616, and that Boneccos were simple tenants). The Ottelio family was a prestigious family, both politically and economically; in 1772 they found themselves directly involved in the work of enlargement of the seminar requested the Archbishop Gian Girolamo Gradenigo. For the "relief of the young people" and with the aim of creating new spaces for recreation, adapting to the demands of the Ottelios ,who wanted to sell the whole property, the gardens -as well as the house of the Ottelios- were sold. However, being the building of the house too far away, it was not included in the work of enlargement of the Seminary, and was eventually leased. In 1786, for example, the Moroldis moved in there. They had sold their house in the central Grazzano street to the family Asquini Contrini, who probably lived there up to the beginning of the nineteenth century. But, after 1808, even this building followed the fate of the Seminary, which fell in complete command of the soldiers, and had been converted into a military hospital. For a century or so there are no news about the building, which has become property of the Municipality, and that was used as a military laundry and disinfection place during World War I; simultaneously, the little house next door, which overlooks "vicolo Porta", becomes home of the "Night Asylum", founded in 1894. In 1920, the former Ottelio house was finally designated as the home of the Institute of Music. The first lessons took place in 1921, and the following year the building was customized, according to the new requirements. The simple sixteenth century architecture of Ottelio palace has nothing special, but the environment sorrounding it (the canal, the trees) and the clear measurability of its outlines make it look very fascinating. The most outstanding element is the three-light window with the two side arches and the central arch, complemented by a stone balustrade that, supported by four sturdy shelves, almost seems to smash the austere and simple portal below. Inside, there is a good sized central hall, nowadays called "Vivaldi concert-hall", with a Sansovino truss and leaded glass windows. The recent restoration works, completed in 1997, as well as restoring the building to its ancient splendor, have allowed the recovery of valuable archaeological finds, such as pieces of ceramic tableware, Renaissance glasses and a thousand fragments of slipped tiles, etched and painted, dating back to the sixteenth century.

da E. Bartolini - G. Bergamini - L. Sereni, Raccontare Udine. Vicende di case e palazzi, Udine 1983.


Pianta della città antica