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Old July 20th, 2005, 12:31 AM   #81
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The cunard is the middle one, right?

Yep, the one in the middle. It's style is after that of a renaissance Italian palazzo. The word 'palazzo', although usually translated into English as 'palace' refers to the large houses of the Venetian merchants or other notable families as well as actual palaces in the sense of the English word.

In Venice these large houses would typically have a square and horizontal shape. The below image shows a notable example. If you ignore the impressive mosiacs and concentrate on the building's form you can appreciate the Cunard building's architecture's inspiration in buildings of its type.




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Old July 20th, 2005, 12:38 AM   #82
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I was thinking more about the later ones, like this:

http://www.palazzograssi.it/eng/palazzo/index.html

There is another one that is far more like the Cunard Building, but I cant remember its name........will have to do a bit of digging.
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Old July 20th, 2005, 12:46 AM   #83
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http://www.answers.com/topic/ca-rezzonico

This one looks more like it, but there are other later palaces (from 18th century) that also look quite similar to the Cunard Building.
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Old July 20th, 2005, 12:49 AM   #84
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That one does look more similar to the Cunard, Poli.

Still you get the idea, in terms of the general proportions of the building, and even style detail (look at the shape of the Cunard ground floor windows cf the Barbarigo's in the image I posted).

I guess the architects of the latter Venetian palazzi took the older architecture of the city as their cue.
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