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MISERICORDIA LABORATORY

MISERICORDIA LABORATORY
Venice, Italy
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BACKGROUND

In 1980, in partnership with the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Italian government, WMF established the Misericordia Laboratory to investigate and teach advanced techniques in stone conservation. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

To house the laboratory and facilitate its safe and efficient operation, WMF oversaw renovation of one building within the garden of the Scuola Misericordia complex. The effort required securing the structure’s roof and updating its water-handling system, repairing damaged pavement, and demolishing interior partitions to restore the building’s original dimensions. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

Since 1980, the Misericordia Laboratory has been a leading institution in the field of stonework conservation. Through biological and chemical surveys, and using advanced data-retrieval technologies, the facility’s work has permitted conservationists to monitor conditions in Venice, and prevent the deterioration of some of the city’s most valued structures. (...)