Architect Emilio De Fabris was born in Florence on this day in 1807. A professor at the Accademia, he is best known for the tribune he designed to house Michelangelo’s David there as well as his design for a neo-Gothic facade for the Florentine Duomo. The original facade, left incomplete in the fifteenth century, had been dismantled in the late 16th century at the request of Medici Grand Duke Francesco I. The project to replace it with a more contemporary facade failed, and the church front remained bare until the late 19th century. De Fabris won the third design competition held for the project in 1867 but died four years before its completion in 1887.
Reference: Mario Bencivenni. “De Fabris, Emilio.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press