Found project: Ospedale Degli Innocenti


    Project : Ospedale Degli Innocenti

    Language variant : Hospital of the Innocents

    Architect : Brunelleschi, Filippo (et al.)

    Completion: 1424

    Locality : Firenze

    Country : Italy

    Building style : Renaissance

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    Description :

    The Ospedale degli Innocenti was originally a children’s orphanage. It was built and managed by the Silk Guild of Florence. That guild was one of the wealthiest in the city and, and like most guilds, took upon itself philanthropic duties. Children were sometimes abandoned in a basin, which was located at the front portico. However, this basin was removed in 1660 and replaced by a wheel for secret refuge. There was a door with a special rotating horizontal wheel that brought the baby into the building without the parent being seen. This allowed people to leave their babies, anonymously, to be cared for by the orphanage. This system was in operation until the hospital’s closure in 1875. Today the building houses a small museum of Renaissance art.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ospedale_degli_Innocenti (June 9, 2011).

    Ed. Katriina Puputti



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