The beautiful Casa Terni Smolars was built in 1906 by architect Romeo Depaoli in Trieste, on Piazza della Repubblica at the corner of Via Mazzini and Via Dante. It was named after its owner, Cavalier Augusto Terni, and the Smolars office supply store, which opened on the ground floor and is still in business in the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia city today.
Almost completely unscathed by time, the structure stands today as a triumph of Art Nouveau. The building is actually made up of three different units, with the central one recessed from the others. Indeed, the alternating balconies and jutting elements contribute to creating the overall effect of a series of chiaroscuro and decorative elements, which distinguishes this vibrant and opulent example of Art Nouveau. The façades feature decorative columns, pillars and pilasters, while the ground floor and mezzanine are designed according to the Wagnerian theme of the balance between full and empty space. The structure is topped by an overhanging loge with two domes and a jutting cornice.
The splendid front entrance is enriched by large windows and two fine sculptures by Poalo Rathmann, representing female figures.
The entire complex is currently in an amazing conservation state: architects Giampaolo Batoli and Claudio Visintini renovated its interiors in 1970, while part of the exterior stone finishings were restored between 1994 and 1995.
Casa Terni Smolars
Via Dante Alighieri, 6