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Architect Benedetto da Maiano
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Location Florence, Italy   map
Date 1489 to 1539   timeline
Building Type palace
 Construction System bearing masonry
Climate mild
Context urban
Style Italian Renaissance
Notes Continued by Il Cronaca (Simone del Pollaiuolo). Rusticated walls, arched and rectangular openings.


Photo, exterior, main facade

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Aerial view of Palazzo Strozzi

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Detail Drawing

Detail Drawing

Axonometric Drawing

Elevation Drawing



Plan Drawing

Section Drawing

Discussion Palazzo Strozzi Commentary

"Strozzi's design culminates the Florentine palazzo 'pattern,' which favors a flat facade of three stories—each level marked by a prominent full-width stringcourse (horizontal banding)—topped by an outsize cornice.... Stone of almost theatrical rustication commands the facade, with semicircular arches crowning all the major openings. Note that the radating voussoirs (wedge-shaped stones) of the arches increase in length as they rise to the keystone. Divided two-arched windows with varying ornamental panels are typical of the upper floors, while squarish windows mark the lower. A haughty main entrance leads to a central courtyard."

— from G.E. Kidder Smith. Looking at Architecture. p68.

Sources on Palazzo Strozzi

Robert Adam. Classical Architecture. London: Penguin Books, 1990. ISBN 0-670-82613-8. NA260.A26 1990. section drawing, fig a, p57. plan oblique drawing, fig a, p57.

Sir Banister Fletcher. A History of Architecture. London: The Butterworth Group, 1987. ISBN 0-408-01587-X. LC 86-31761. NA200.F63 1987. detail drawing of first floor window, p855. detail drawing of cornice, p855. plan drawing, p855.

Sir Banister Fletcher. Sir Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture. 18th ed., revised by J.C. Palmes. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1975. ISBN 684-14207-4. NA200.F63. Drawings, p802. — The classic text of architectural history. Expanded 1996 edition available at Amazon.com

G. E. Kidder Smith. Looking at Architecture. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, 1990. ISBN 0-8109-3556-2. LC 90-30728. NA200.S57 1990. exterior elevation photo, p69. discussion, p68.

John Julius Norwich, ed. Great Architecture of the World. London: Mitchell Beazley Publishers, 1975. elevation drawing, p151. Reprint edition: Da Capo Press, April 1991. ISBN 0-3068-0436-0. — An accessible, inspiring and informative overview of world architecture, with lots of full-color cutaway drawings, and clear explanations. Available at Amazon.com

Russell Sturgis. The Architecture Sourcebook. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1984. ISBN 0-442-20831-9. LC 84-7275. NA2840.S78. drawing of lower plan, p253. drawing of main facade, p253. lantern detail drawing, p253. [JE]

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.—



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