The old town

Senore House

This 14th century building is characterised by its “herring-bone” wall surfacing and by its portico with ogival arches embellished by a brick-fired cornice and stone capitals. The mullioned windows on the first floor are outstanding for their elegance.
Of the original building only the portico and two small rooms have survived. The building, left without covering for a long period, was subject to restoration work in the early 20th century by Alfredo d’Andrade.

Via A. Galinier
10051 Avigliana TO

The work consisted in the laying of foundations, balusters and capitals in Bussoleno’s stone (on the model of Casa di Porta Ferrata); in the placing of window frames and the door on the west side. Also, in the laying of a new brick floor, the rebuilding of the fireplace on the first floor, the fixing of tympanum on the mullioned windows and the placing of new leaded windows.
Casa Senore, that has acquired its name from the latest owner, before being bought by the councils was also known locally as “Bishop’s House” although there never was a Bishop in Avigliana.
The building, that faces the old road that takes to France and goes through Borgo Vecchio, is a precious evidence of medieval architecture and an important document,due to the particular methods used in restoration work, of medieval culture in Piedmont and Europe at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.


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