Udine experienced an event of rare importance for its history, since such a fascinating and well-made neoclassical building could never be admired before.
The following words were said on April the 29th 1832 by the Deputation of Ornate style, to which the competence judgement for Japelli’s project had been sent, to the “Municipal Congregation of the R. city of Udine” to express its opinion:
“- The writing deputation examined carefully the project of the house Mr. Pietro Antivari would like to build at number 394 and it therefore declares:
I: that the external façade of the new building is suitably harmonious as a whole;
II: that the projection of the building over the public street and in the bottom part is not acceptable, and not because of the occupation of the public property, since the property remains always subject to the public right of way and has, on the contrary, been improved by the building of the porch, but because of the road corner which is made more remarkable by the projection;
III: that an obtuse angle is formed by the two lines of Antivari and Delfin houses, and this is not pleasant to see.
Nonetheless, since the porch which is proposed covers a lot of surface of the exclusive property of Mr Antivari and it becomes subject to the public right of way, and since a lot of surface is also surrendered to the advantage of the street, and considering the fact that the part of municipal ground occupied by the porch is of very limited use and that some kind of projection offers the view of the external façade of the building also from the nearby quadrivium of St Thomas, the deputation deems:
- that the commencement of the building does not project more than ten centimetres from the continuation of the lines of Delfin house;
- that the middle body projects thirty centimetres from the line of the new building;
- that the end of the building does not project more than 1.79 m from the present wall of the old Antivari house in the spot of the last pillar, i.e. 50 cm beyond the pillar itself;
- that a part of the old adjoining building is demolished, in order that the wall to be rebuilt becomes a continuation of the inner wall of the old porch;
- that this demolition is carried out as soon as the new building is inhabitable, i.e. in about two years’ time;
- that the pavement between the porch and the corner to be demolished is regularly fixed;
- that the pavement of the porch is kept on a level with Delfin's;
- that drains are placed down to the ground to carry down rainwater from the roof;
- that one hundred cartloads of debris or gravel are carried to the public Garden.
Please consider that the projection of 0.50 does occupy only about one square metre of public ground, then consider that the complete transfer of part of the old porch and of the adjoining house implies the loss of about nine square metres, that there will be the start of some improvement of the street through the demolition of part of the old building and that the shameful disgrace of the entrance to the porch will be eliminated. Therefore, the writing deputation believes that the modification proposed and designed in blue lines on map C, complies with the respect due to public and private interests – ”
(A.S.U. C.A. I, 193, Minutes of the deputation of ornate style for the municipal congregation).
Therefore, everything is regular as long as the new building is constructed in line with the adjoining house (the sixteenth-century porticoed house of the Caimos and then of the Delfinos, now seat of the Astoria Hotel), the old pre-existing buildings are pulled down and the debris and gravel produced are carried to the “public garden”, that is to say today’s piazza I Maggio which then posed a problem, since its excessive depression had to be filled in.
On the 5th of May 1832 Antivari was granted the permit to build.