Oraterio of San Filippo Neri, 1991-96


This Oratorio is a free-standing historic building with two floors. The upper part is a large hall that had once been used for parish functions and youth activities; it had fallen into disuse through lack of maintenance. Reviving the building was considered important by Venice in Peril because it was to help Venetian community life to carry on. Provision for its restoration was a joint project with the Istituto Veneto per i Beni Culturali (IVBC), a training school for young restorers. The IVBC was given the use of the space for its courses for three years. In exchange, the school's lecturers and trainee students carried out maintenance and restoration work in the Oratorio and the adjacent church of San Nicolò dei Mendicoli. Venice in Peril provided materials and services for the work and contributed to the cost of rewiring and installing new sanitary, heating and lighting facilities. The hall is now used for parish functions and provides the church with income from hiring fees charged to other users.

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