Tuesday, February 17, 2009

De Gennaro Cement Factory

This old cement factory, just past the train station, is surrounded by apartment buildings and shops. A development plan is currently underway to build a hotel and conference center on this site, incorporating some of the old buildings. There will also be a space for "temporary exhibits." I'm wondering if that means art? In any case, the smokestacks will be saved.

7 comments:

Vogon Poet said...

The smokestacks are beautiful, surely better than the tower bell of Sant'Achille!
By the way, cement or concrete?

Abe Lincoln said...

Well those mighty smokestacks will be the welcome sight to tourists. I mean like the Eiffel Tower is to people visiting Paris.

Not far from where I live there was a cement factory and train tracks and all sorts of things that made it a very large complex and it is completely gone now and replaced by businesses.

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Hilda said...

Sounds interesting. At least they'll be a very distinctive landmark.

Saretta said...

Poet - I agree, they are much better than that horrid bell tower! As for cement or concrete...in Italian it's a "cementeria" where they make "cement" which translates as both "cement" and "concrete", so I'm not sure!

Abe - I guess these are the "twin towers" of Molfetta!

Hilda - I think it's nice that they are saving them rather than razing them down!

valeria said...

Looks like a perfect place for an Art exhibition centre!

LaGrasta said...

Maybe this should have been used for the The Church of Sant'Achille instead of the "modern" one they built. I actually am a huge fan of modern, but the smokestack bell tower didn't do much for me either.

Lost in Sicily said...

What great buildings! I am glad they will keep the smokestacks! There is something similar to the project you describe in Catania and it is one of the coolest spaces in town--and it attracts excellent concerts as well and has a small museum too.