Piazza San Marco, Loggetta of the Campanile, 1972-74
Piazza San Marco, Loggetta of the Campanile, 1972-74 This project was adopted because Venice in Peril has a particular interest in stone conservation, and no significant attention had been given to the Loggetta since its rebuilding after the collapse of the Campanile in 1902. It has a facade designed by Jacopo Sansovino in 1537, with bronze statues set in multicoloured marbles. The sculptures and carvings had suffered badly from industrial pollution and the pigeons. Under the auspices of Sir John Pope-Hennessy, then director of the Victoria & Albert Museum, pioneering work was carried out on them, employing materials, equipment, and specialised machines funded by Venice in Peril. The roof was also repaired. It was the first major restoration project to be completed after the IAARF was reconstituted as the Venice in Peril Fund. In 1996 Venice in Peril funded a survey to monitor the durability of the 20-year old restoration and provide a scientific basis for future maintenance work.