Lasciac Antonio (1856 - 1946)

20/01/2020

Who in Gorizianon knows the "villa of the Egyptian"? Among the greenery of the Rafut hill, just beyond the border, stands out its minaret-like tower. That is the house that Lasciac bey built: but despite the Arabic style of the building and the exotic title of "bey", Antonio Lasciac was from Gorizia. He was in fact born in the village of San Rocco, in the house of his father Pietro, conciapelli, located in via Parcar, on September 21, 1856. After his studies at the Polytechnic of Vienna, the young architect Lasciac worked in Rome, Alexandria, Cairo and Constantinople, achieving great success, so much so that he became chief architect of the Egyptian royal family, the Khedivali, and built many villas and palaces for them. On that occasion he received the position of "bey", which he added to his name: and Lasciac Bey was often called by his fellow citizens. He spent his time between the East, where he lived and worked, and Europe: Gorizia where he stayed mainly during the summer, but also Paris and other capitals, centers of art and architecture, where he had the opportunity to compare his stylistic choices with those of the most renowned architects of the time. 

He also collaborates with Italian, Austrian and German architecture and building magazines, and was the author of verses in Friulian. His architectural style, open and imaginative, resumed Moorish and oriental elements, reworking and reinterpreting them with highly admired original results. During his stay in Gorizia, Leavec designed among other things the new obelisk-shaped fountain in Piazza San Rocco. his work for his hometown was free, while other simpler and cheaper solutions were not involved, the project of the church of the Sacred Heart, the renovation of the facade of the church of San Rocco, the road connection between the railway station of the Transalpina and the city center, the proposed town plan and reconstruction of the city after the damage suffered in the First World War, the reorganization of Piazza della Vittoria. Antonio lascc spent his last years of life in Gorizia, from 1940 to the end of the war; returned to Cairo in the autumn of 1946, he died ninety years old on December 26 of that same year.