By Livia Lupi

Italian architect Emilio Ambrosini died on 1 December 1912 in Vienna. He was born in 1850 in Trieste, then part of Austria. After a few years in the Austro-Hungarian Navy, he completed his studies in Graz, Austria, where he graduated in 1876. In 1884 Ambrosini moved to Fiume (which is now the city of Rijeka in Croatia), where he started a construction company.

His most important works in Rijeka are a homeless shelter called Clotilda, the Zmajić Palace, Jugo House, Rauschel House, Hotel Bristol and apartment complex Sambalino-Plöch.

In the last years of his life, Ambrosini was a supporter of Italian irredentism, a nationalist movement promoting the unification of geographic areas where indigenous Italian and Italian-speaking communities formed a majority or substantial minority of the population.

Although he died in Vienna, Ambrosini was buried at the Trsat Cemetery in Sušak, near Fiume/Rijeka. The Muzej Grada Rijeke dedicated an exhibition to his work in 2011.

Reference: Emilio Ambrosini, Wikipedia; Emilio Ambrosini: Arhitekt visokog historicizma i rane secesije, Muzej Grada Rijeke

Jago House, Studentska

Plan for shelter Clotilda, 1884.

Hotel Royal, Korzo 9/Adamićeva

Apartment complex Sambalino-Plöch, Zrtava fašizma 

Hotel Bristol, Krešimirova 

Villa Artemis, Vjekoslava Spinčića

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