Villa Ruggeri (also known as Villino Ruggeri)

Giuseppe Brega (1878-1958)
1904-08

Special thanks to Dr. Giuseppe Brega (the architect's grandson) for the correct attribution.


This small villa overlooking the sea was commissioned by Oreste Ruggeri, a rich Italian industrialist. The stucco ornament with flowing, sinuous line and the decorative wrought iron balconies and gates are identifiable features of the style known in Italy variously as the stile floreale, the stile Inglese, or the stile Liberty, after Liberty and Company in London, the fashionable store and manufacturer of cotton cloth. This style, also known as art nouveau or jugendstil, was popular in the last decade of the nineteenth century and the first decade of the twentieth.

 

The side with the pointed spire in the middle of the facade

 
The pagoda style roof is in red tile. The gate and wrought-iron railings and balconies, which incorporate curvilinear and organic floral motifs, are in harmony with the building.

 

Detail of the second story (left) and the lower story (right)

 

Detail of the roof and the basement facade





For other works on this site in this style, see Otto Wagner's subway pavilion, his Majolika Haus, his Apartment Block No. 38 and Olbrich's Secession Building.

Thanks to Peter Greene for supplying me with some specific facts about this villa.

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