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Poselli Vitaliano (Βιταλιάνο Ποζέλι)

(Sicily 1838-1918)
The most famous italian architect who lived and worked in Thessaloniki in the last quarter of the 19th century.
It can easily be said that he was the official architect of the Ottoman Administration of Thessaloniki for a period of almost thirty years (1880-1910) and also one of the most prolific architects of the city.
He initially lived in Constantinople and worked for the Sultan, but after 1885 he moved to Thessaloniki where he was engaged in various projects both public and private for nearly all the religious groups of the city.


Among his structures for public use are:

Allatini Mills (ca 1896-1900, Mύλοι Αλλατίνι, 42 Papandreou & Sofouli str.),

Armenian Church of Virgin Mary (ca 1903, Αρμενική Εκκλησία της Παναγίας, 4 Dialeti str.),

Banque d' Athenes (ca 1904, Τράπεζα Αθηνών, aka Museum of the Jewish presence in Thessaloniki - Μουσείο Εβραϊκής παρουσίας, 13 Ayiou Mina str.),

Banque de Salonique (ca 1904, Τράπεζα Θεσσαλονίκης, aka Stoa Malakopi -Στοά Μαλακοπή, Singrou & Vilara str.),

Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception (ca 1897, Καθολική Εκκλησία της Αμώμου Σύλληψης της Θεοτόκου, 19 Frangon str.),

Cite Saoul (ca 1881, Saoul Arcade, Stoa Saoul - Στοά Σαούλ, Vassileos Irakliou & Venizelou & Ermou str., partly reconstructed in 1929 by Eli Modiano),

Idadiye (ca 1877-8, aka Palia Filossofiki - Παλιά Φιλοσοφική, Ethnikis Aminas street, currently housing various University Faculties),

Konak (ca 1891, Κονάκι, aka Diikitirio - Διοικητήριο, Ayiou Dimitriou str.),

Ottoman Imperial Bank (ca 1904, Οθωμανική Αυτοκρατορική Τράπεζα, aka Kratiko Odio - Kρατικό Ωδείο, Leondos Sofou & Frangon & Tipou str., currently houses the State Conservatory. Originally built for the wealthy merchant Jake Abbott, reconstructed after the 1890 fire [plans by Barouch & Amar]. rebuilt after the 1904 blow up [plans by Poselli] ),

St Paul Catholic Hospital (ca 189, Καθολικό Νοσοκομείο Αγιος Παύλος, Frangon str., demolished in the 60s),

Third Imperial Corps HQs (ca 1903, Αρχηγείο του Τρίτου Σώματος του Οθωμανικού Αυτοκρατορικού Στρατού, aka Stratiyio - Στρατηγείο, Stratou Avenue),

Yeni Camii (ca 1902, aka Yeni Jami / Palio Arheoloyiko Moussio - Γενί Τζαμί / Παλιό Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο, 30 Arheologikou Moussiou str.).



His most famous structures of private use are:

Allatini Mansion (ca 1888, Villa Allatini - Βίλα Αλλατίνι, 198 Vassilissis Olgas & Ploutonos & Papandreou str.),

Allatini Mansion in the French Quarter (ca 1874, έπαυλη Αλλατίνι στο Φραγκομαχαλά, Singrou & Valaoritou & Vilara str., reconstructed by Roubens in the 20s) and

Morpurgo Mansion (ca 1906, έπαυλη Μορπούργο, aka Villa Zardinidi - Bίλα Ζαρντινίδη,16 Heronias str.)



Among his structures that no longer exist we should mention :

Beth Saoul Synagogue (ca 1898, Saadi Alevi str., destroyed by the Nazis in 1943),

Passage Lombardo (ca 1...., Leondos Sofou & Frangon str., demolished in 1967),

Ida Mansion (ca 1886, Vassilissis Olgas & Fleming str., where the Italian Cultural Institute is today ) (demolished in 1959),

Samuel Hassid Mansion (ca 1907),

Nessimbe Appartment House




References: B. S. Kolonas – L. G. Papamattheakis, Ο αρχιτέκτονας Vitaliano Poselli: Το έργο του στη Θεσσαλονίκη του 19ου αιώνα (The architect Vitaliano Poselli: His work in the 19th century Thessaloniki), Thessaloniki 1980

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