Designed by Gaetano Spinelli and Camillo Autore in 1920, Palazzo Corrado Alvaro is a monument of specific historical and artistic significance, not only because of its magnificent Umbertine architecture, but also because it contains works of art that are of considerable interest.
A “jewel case” full of treasure
Starting from the majestic staircase, embellished with a Roman-era altar, the interior of Palazzo Corrado Alvaro leaves an impression. In the entrance hall, some works by the sculptor Panetta and the artist Francesco Jerace are featured, while in the Council Hall some moments from Reggio’s history are depicted: a large marble altarpiece made by Alessandro Monteleone portrays the Martyrs of Gerace, Garibaldi’s landing, and the defence of Reggio, while two large mosaics created by Alfredo Mori represent Saint Paul’s miracle, the burning column, and the noblemen of Reggio taking part in the crusades.
The Mayor’s Office and the “Red Hall”
The following works of art are preserved in the office of the Mayor of the Metropolitan City of Reggio Calabria: a large canvas by Giuseppe Benessai from 1869 entitled, La raccolta del grano (“The wheat harvest”), an oil canvas by Domenico Augimeni named I Contadini (“The farmers”) and a marble head of a sleeping woman created by Francesco Panetta. The elegant ceiling of the “Red Hall” features an enormous fresco of the Fata Morgana allegory, made by the artist Galante.