On this day in 1854, Italian architect Nicolò Bettoli died in Parma. He is best known for his design for the Teatro Regio (Royal Theater) built for Duchess Maria Luisa of Austria in his hometown, 1821-27. The Neoclassical theater was inaugurated in 1829. Other projects for the duchess included a reconstruction of her residence, renovations at the Biblioteca Palatina (Palace Library), and the Beccherie di Piazza Ghiaia – a place for butchers’ stalls demolished in 1928.

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